This artwork by Lynda Ballen references geological structures and excavations to depict a visual and psychological journeying through fictional places. It is an invitation to metaphysically traverse land and oceans in search of treasure.
A major part of Ballen’s creative process is physically making the paper on which she applies these intricate scenes. The handcrafted paper is made from reconstituted natural fibre – tinted with a raw yellow pigment and laminated over a matrix of thread – to support the ink drawings. This process reinforces her purpose to allude to the earth’s mantle. The vertical orientation is a nod to the Japanese format of looking at landscapes that is informed by an Oriental sense of perspective.