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Conference Project Draft #2: A Map of Fear

FinalMap1 In a previous draft of this map, the main focus of my project was to use a series of circles, with each layer of the circle representing a different fear. The closer to the center of the circle, the deeper the fear. However, while working with this concept in mind, I slowly began to realise that perhaps using a circle was not the most ideal for my project. Although I was able to create a visually obvious ‘gradient’ of fear, I felt as though using a circular shape was constricting the growth of what I was trying to represent. In my second draft of this map, I’ve opted to use a series of haphazard, jagged shapes which are a culmination of my fears and anxieties. The closer to the border, the more triangular the shapes become to represent agitation. Colour, too, plays an integral part in creating this feeling of agitation. A big inspiration came from Untitled (War Painting) by Kim Jones, which can be found on page 19 of The Map of Art by Katherine Harmon. For my surface, I plan to use old newspaper clippings to help give the map a more concrete time and location. fearmap screenshot UPDATE: The following images are of my final map, and include the newsprint. FinalMap2 FinalMap3

Conference Project Draft #1: Fear

For my final project, I will be creating another 40×40 map exploring fear. The map will be divided into four different layers, with the center most point being the a depiction of ‘the self’. Each ring on the map represents a different fear of mine, and the closer to the middle, the deeper the fear. The idea of dividing the map into rings was done to create a gradient of fear. Mandala 1 Mandala 2 To help inspire me, I have been reading Dante’s Inferno. The idea for this map came from the nine circles of hell. by exploring fear, I am hoping to make this a very personal and perhaps even expository map. There will be no fixed colour palette for this map, as each layer might look quite disconnected from the previous. Another source of inspiration were Buddhist and Hindu mandalas. Although I have moved away from the original concept, I am trying to use particular elements. For the first circle, I will express my fear of spiders. For this ring, I am choosing to employ a more hazy, almost cutesy art style to show how irrational this particular fear is. Untitled For the second circle, I am exploring my fear of the dark. This layer will not consist of any images, but will play primarily with light and other manipulations. Currently, the biggest obstacle in my map is working with the third and fourth rings. For the third ring, I need to find a way to represent my biggest fear, which I will not discuss for now. For the fourth ring, I am trying to find the most accurate way (to me) to create ‘the self’. I hope that once I complete my first two rings, I will have enough inspiration to address these two issues. Conference

Self-Portrait: A Map of Memory

Surface detail of self-portrait

For my self-portrait, I decided to map my travel routine during high school in Bangalore, India. At this stage, my map is still very incomplete and needs to be reformatted. At first I was confused about what to map. My initial idea (as shown by my sketches below) was to represent the three countries that I live in. However, it proved to be an overly ambitious task with no viable end goal. I decided, instead, to address a more simple and personal topic, while creating an aesthetic created around select memories and feelings associated with locations around Bangalore. 2015-02-17 00.20.33 2015-02-17 00.21.47   For the rest of my map, I will be constructing an aerial view of Bangalore city traced on images from Google maps: 1 Using colour and images from the internet of specific locations as my sign system (like the Bangalore Palace), I will navigate my movement around the city based on memories. Unfortunately, I do not have a concrete sign system or connection system to display. The purpose of this map is to link emotion to place, and to create a visual representation of history. It is meant to create a cohesive connection between memory and place. The reading that perhaps influenced me the most is Rethinking the Power of Maps by Dennis Wood. Wood is able to reconfigure the map into being something more than an accurate geographical representation. Wood uses maps as a means to rethink space. Visually, the artist the influenced me the most was Adolf Wolfli. Although I am unable to achieve a style similar to his, I appreciated the flatness of his maps that allowed for a great amount of detail to be put in. Wolfli’s layout creates a unique structure for his map.