Recently I have taken to drawing on maps. I hold a fascination with them which has probably derived from my Dad. He trained with the Ordinance Survey when he was my age and LOVES a good map. It almost feels blasphemous to be drawing on them like this! But that said, I recently learnt of a new word (to me) 'palimpsest' which I feel is quite fitting for this map project. Palimpsest refers to a manuscript page that has had the original text washed or scraped off to be replaced by a new text. The idea of building a story on top of something that already exists intrigues me. Taking something that has specifically been made to lead me through the landscape, years and years of data collecting and drawing have gone in to building this object that keeps me from getting lost and shows me the way through the wild places and to the places I have never seen before. Upon that I have left my mark of what I saw there, a response to the landscape it took me through. When I look at it this way it feels slightly less blasphemous, like i could be adding to its story, but I still wouldn't dare draw on one of Dad's maps.