Here Be Dragons

Rachel Sager "Here be dragons" mosaicMarch 2012

18″h x 23″w

Materials: Pennsylvania sandstone, Italian smalti, 24-karat gold smalti, shale, river rock, concretion stone, unglazed porcelain tile, metal grinder wheel on hand-built substrate

Artist Statement

Here Be Dragons, a colorful cartographic term, serves as a clear warning signal. “Watch out!” I like imagining the map-making artists enjoying themselves while painting the horrifically scary sea monsters and dragons that are such a delightful part of map appreciation. We can enjoy these images today, but for the people reading them in the centuries of Discovery, they must have instilled mortal fear. You may notice two very familiar mastheads fixed into the composition. This is my cheeky way of posing questions about our own contemporary dragons.