". . . the very act of naming geographical entities implies a power over them. . .” -David Harvey
Between Space and Time: Reflections on the Geographical Imagination
The objects, places, and materials in these pieces are
selected because of their innate or acquired symbolism. Paper, cloth, thread, and
dirt are all materials we have contact with every day. The sound and texture of
paper, the tactile feeling of cloth, and the smell and consistency of dirt
rouse feelings and meaning specific to the individual looking at it. Specific places
and items do as well. Personal, and at the same time universal, the materials
are significant for what they mean to the individual and in the context in
which they are set. These materials are used to create maps to talk about more than just a location.
Beyond being beautiful, a map is a symbol, created and embellished, to
signify our power over our environment. Maps are a sign of place, a lasting
documentation of actions in time and space.
record history, events, and the marks left behind. People leave their mark
whether it is in the moving of soil and the building of structures or the
dividing and naming of locations. As a device used to record the creation of
place, maps are fascinating both for what is important enough to include, and
what is left out. Each map conveys just one perspective, chosen by the map’s
creator. As the winners write history, maps make us feel deity-like with their
omniscient point of view. It is powerful to see a place from above, to see
where we are within it as we divide it and name it.
These artworks are maps. They are documentation of more
than a location; they are documentation of place. They are beautiful objects;
we contend they are truthful but what they chronicle changes with time,
perspective, and status like the place they represent.