The Map as Art
In the guise of offering illumination, maps obscure. They purport to bring order to the fundamental chaos of life, promising clarity in the face of flux, and claiming knowledge of the unknowable. In their quest to demarcate our differences, they comfort us even as they give the lie to the notion of common experience.
No wonder, then, that cartographic practice poses such a seductive figure to the artist, that map-maker of the soul. Here is a ready-made syntax with which to explore the unknown, an idiom with which to communicate the nature of what we find at the borders of our experiences. As artists chart new provinces and reinterpret familiar ones, the map becomes a compelling means of discovery, upending cartographic rules to make way for all that is and could be