1 a : the place where something is situated or occurs : site, location
b : a center of activity, attention, or concentration
2: the set of all points whose location is determined by stated conditions
My work examines maps/mapping as both objects and acts by exploring the systems and conventions of depicting, charting, categorizing and interpreting our environment and experiences. Through my investigations I re-present my data through the lens of personal experience. Through the use of both literal and abstract elements, my work represents a sort of personal geography.
All maps are generalizations that have the dual role of depicting selected aspects, which may in turn be simplified or exaggerated, while simultaneously excluding other aspects altogether, often idealizing their subjects and in many cases offering up a utopian version of reality. The map’s agenda and its truthfulness may be suspect, both wholly dependent on the interpretation, manipulation, and extrapolation of the mapmaker. Mapping is a selective process.
Works like “Locus” can be interpreted as an Info Graphic of one person’s experience of a place.