"I'm drawing cartographical love letters", Fuller
Fuller Maps is a series of artworks by British artist Fuller, aka Gareth John Wood (b.1980). Fuller draws intricate works that narrate the identity of places. Using extensive research, exploration, local knowledge and lived experience, he draws out their complex personalities. His meticulous ink drawings constitute a kaleidoscope of comments on contemporary culture and society, entwined with curiosities, factoids, collective memories, stories and humour.
By mapping events Fuller provides a subjective account which is instantly relatable. In doing so, the artwork places prominence on shared knowledge and experience, a distinctive characteristic of Fuller's work. The drawings are signifiers and often need deciphering to be understood. It is in the moments of contemplation that a dialogue begins whilst poring over the map, whether the intended story is teased out or new stories are added, the art creates conversation. Other works by Fuller include large collage and film.
Fuller's latest and most ambitious piece of map art, London Town, was drawn over a period of ten years and has been acquired The British Library and Museum of London for their permanent collections. His craft now takes him around the world, spending many months in his chosen locations, with the ambition of completing a major series of works.
Use the map below to see where Fuller's art can be found across the world
Fuller shared his project stories at the PINC conference in Florida, December 2016.
Notable collections; The British Library, Museum of London and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.
Fuller's work can be found in numerous private collections.
London Town has recently been displayed in the Hiscox Collection.
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