Cartography is heavily referenced in my work, in particular, the use of lines to render form are rooted in map-making practices. Similar to topographic lines found in maps, my work leads the viewer through a space addressing questions of how we look at form, and our capability to understand the nuances and distances of the landscape.
Our digital maps not only reveal multiple layers of information, but also place our exact position and progression throughout this space. I am interested in how we understand and process these visual mapping complexities, and how the visual language of maps has developed and morphed into a visual interpretation of our surroundings.
Al Denyer’s work encompasses the areas of drawing, painting, printmaking and installation. Shown in solo and numerous national and international juried and invitational exhibitions, her work has been published in Manifest INDA, New American Paintings, American Art Collector, Western Humanities Review and ‘Leonardo, The International Society For The Arts, Sciences And Technology Magazine’.
Denyer’s work is included in the Artist Viewing Program at The Drawing Center, New York City, and in 2010 she was awarded the Utah Artist Fellowship Award. Her work is part of numerous international collections, and she is represented by Modern West Fine Art. Originally from Bath, England, Denyer is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing, and Head of Painting and Drawing in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah.