Maps are guilty of distortion, it’s true, but I forgive them for it. How could one wrestle the round world into a flattened image on the page without sacrificing some proportion? Maps are only human, after all.
— Dava Sobel

There is one reoccurring problem with maps; they are inaccurate. It is not only our familiar Mercator projection that is inaccurate, any and every map is inaccurate. It is impossible to fit our three-dimensional, sphere shaped world onto flat paper. 


Perhaps we shouldn’t be so forgiving. Sobel’s viewpoint has never left my head; the idea of wrestling with a sphere, attempting to flatten it out and smooth down the creases. This inspired me to wrestle with my own map. Flattening a larger surface into a smaller one, I watched how lumps, bumps, creases and folds appeared, reminiscent of the landscape of our earth. My results aren’t flat, they never could be, they have imperfections that make them engaging and human.  Maps have veins, life, movement, energies and imperfections. They are a visual luxury.

 

My work was exhibited in 'Knot', an exhibition featuring five Textile Art and Artefact students. 

Our exhibition was featured on Hunt and Gather