Statement of Purpose:
The goal of this assignment was for students to create a personal map of some aspect of our lives, or reflect us in a creative way. I did not want my map to resemble a traditional map you may find on Google. I wanted to create a new visual version of a map, one that would resemble a part of my life journey in a personal way.
I started with two silhouette photos of my husband and myself. Using Photoshop, I took the left side of his body and the right side of my body to create a new silhouette. I proceeded to collage photos of my husband and myself on top of the newly created silhouette.
I started at the feet with photos of when we were kids before we had met, then high school, then to junior college, all the way to the present at Texas State University. I then pasted logos of the schools we were attending at the time on top of the photo collages. I also posted photos of other objects to resemble a specific time and place.
I ultimately wanted to create a visually aesthetic image that would resemble the importance of my husband in my life. Brian is someone who has been there for me through everything, and without him, things would have been very difficult. He is not just my husband, he is also my best friend. I wanted the span of time that we have been together to come across in the image. I did not want the image to seem cheesy, but to feel personal as if I have exposed a piece of myself to my class.
Below is what I am calling my “LifeMap”
Click Mapping to see a PDF of the photos used to create my mapping project Mapping
Readings and Screenings
Required Screening: The West Wing- Why are we Changing Maps?
It is interesting that changing the size of continents on the map dramatically affects how people feel about their country’s power. The status of a country and its culture will be entirely altered, the entire world will change, and everything that we know will be completely obliterated. The size of a country is equivalent to the power it holds, more people, more power at least that seems to be the logic that stands today. If the size of all of the continents across the world changed, the power and status of those continents will change along with it.
Required Reading: What is Contemporary Art Actually Mapping?
Katy Crocker describes maps as selecting information organized together in order to see the process of change or evolution. Crocker expresses that maps should not be restricted as a typical geographic image, like the ones you may often see displayed in your history textbooks; maps should be open to endless possibilities in the contemporary art world. It seems that over time the meaning of the word map has gathered rules and expectations, but like everything, art has taken those rules and thrown them out the window. Artists like Rebecca Solnit, who Crocker pointed out, mapped San Francisco through butterfly migration, a map that I have found to be inspiring. The concept of mapping things based on experience, or change of any type, is revolutionary. I agree with Croker when she says this concept is something that has a future in the art world, something that might just take off.