The dominant image in Navigator is that of a maze, it's yet another reference to feeling lost in life and seeking a new direction. It was included along with Diviner, Navigator and The Secret Garden as part of my 1990, Reliefs, Galerie Ra, solo exhibition in Amsterdam, late 1990. All 4 relief works have a strongly circular composition, a universal symbol that’s found in virtually every culture.
Navigator makes reference to both the internal quest for insight and the external desire for an understanding of who and where we are. In that respect the installation of all four pieces; moving up and down across the surface of the wall may well also evoke the satellites and probes we send into outer space. Navigator is also the first piece where the fabric inlay is used as a major visual device.
Contrary to popular opinion the collaged USA stars around the edge have nothing to do with the European Union. I based the star constellation on a 10th century Spanish illuminated manuscript page sourced from the Beatus Commentary on the Apocalypse, a realistic omen for the future?