Global mobility, particularly in relation to leisure travel, has been the focus of my practice for several years. Cruise ships, caravans and airplanes, for me, have been signifiers of a mobile world. This work was made in Utah in late 2019, a few months before mobility was halted by a global pandemic, when aircraft were still flying. The plane, a 1950’s Expeditor, had already been grounded after being retired from service 35 years earlier. I was drawn to its stout frame and silvery studded surface and the idea that this type of aircraft was used for aerial mapping missions. I liked that it had helped map the world, and in turn, I was mapping, at 1:1 scale, its worn and marked surface through the tactile process of frottage. In this work the marks of the graphite, my hand gestures, the bruising from the wind and smudges of sweat comingle to capture a small segment of a permanently stationary aircraft.
Photo credits: Robert Frith at Acorn Photography