J. Maizlish Mole is an artist, songwriter and musician.

Collective & City Observatory, atop Calton Hill (2023)

Collective & City Observatory, atop Calton Hill (2023)
2023. Pen on paper. 36cm x 25cm.
Produced for Artists Collective Gallery, Edinburgh.

Commissioned by Collective, a contemporary arts complex based in and around the City Observatory in Edinburgh, this mapping project required my return to a site I first visited for the 2011 Sites of the Edinburgh Art Festival map, but – not in person. With timing and budget considerations making a site visit all but impossible, I had to rethink the touristic-heuristic methodology developed for past projects. I arrived instead at a kind of false memory map based on a comprehensive set of photos, drawings and anecdotes supplied by on-site gallery staff. I pored over the provided materials through most of August, and completed the resulting drawing in two weeks between 29 August and 11 September, 2023.

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