For most of her artistic career, Jill Popes paintings have embraced the movement between time and place by making use of maps, both actual and imagined, to depict and describe an otherwise unattainable landscape.
Maps are used to define and direct us to a destination. We accept maps as factual and permanent, yet they are subjective, open for interpretation, and inclined to change over time. Maps are merely tools to aid us on a journey; they lend substance and structure to otherwise aimless meanderings.
In her paintings, Pope joins personally charged iconography with layers and sections of actual maps. Most recently, adapting these visual aids and materials to address the atrocities taking place in Darfur, Sudan.
Each painting is complex in its symbolism and beautiful in its fluidity, luring the viewer in to confront an often-overlooked reality: those who have nothing: no home, and no safety.