This series of topographies depict my memory of space.They appropriate and abstract the tradition of map-making, charting personal rather than geographic spaces, through a subjective system of rules and symbols.Each piece depicts specific locations, which are cut and assembled based on their personal import rather than “objective” features. The spaces overlap, areas expandand contract, squeezing together in 2’ by 3’ rectangles. This rectangular format quotes the standard cropping of space in an atlas, and the simplification of form at the edges recall areas of highlighted detail fading into surrounding space. The refined dark brown segments represent the conventional symbolism of mapping, convention that is challenged by the fantastical inclusion of found objects and fractured and obscured spaces. This collaging of objects reflects the way we organize perceptual junk to create memories.This hybrid form describes physical relationships fabricated by memory rather than objective reality. I represent this abstraction through the fragmented and cubistic quality of the space, the changing planes defined by the orientation of the stylized houses scattered throughout the landscapes.The anonymous white houses reinforce a simple aerial perspective, while singular black houses abstract the space through their surreal placement or confrontational fracture of the aerial perspective.They thereby cue the viewer into the subjectivity of mapping, their consciousness reflecting the viewer’s perspective and adding a mysterious agency and abstraction to the topography.Geometric mapping thus merges with cosmology subvert the objective accuracy of maps and depict the physical relationships created by memory.
Memories themselves function as maps, in that we use them to organize and simplify the clutter of past experience in order to situate ourselves in the present and create expectations for the future.Just as road maps transform the experience of driving down a highway into a two-dimensional dotted line, simplification, abstraction and mythologizing occur when we remember. These maps chart that mythology and the tension between accuracy and abstraction.