Construction Literary Magazine

January 2017 Writers Respond

Lost in Travel

Lost in Travel
Osgood 1

For me painting and drawing are forms of travel, giving the sense of being in unfamiliar territory and the wonder of discovery. Creativity is a well waiting to be dipped into; my experiences in the world are the source feeding that well and small coincidental events also play a part.

Recently I came upon a copy of an intriguing map from the 1100s. Although it was of a region of the world that I am quite familiar with, I could not comprehend the map’s geography. Instead what I saw were lines—straight, curving, changing course—dancing from page to page.

Discovering that the cartographer had conceived the map upside-down made me wonder about it all the more. How was the world viewed at that time? How do other cultures see the world today? Indigenous Australians have their spiritual Songlines; they sing their maps as a way to navigate the vast distances across their country. Sufi mystics go within to follow the Way, a deep spiritual pathRural Egyptians, living along the axis of the Nile, think in terms of north, south, east and west.

Art is a direct songline back to ourselves.

My fascination with the idea of maps continues.

Osgood 2