Mapping the Invisible: 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.


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.