Is this the ‘human world’? [Referring to the artwork by Adolf Wölfi] The more permissive response would be, yes, as the human mind and our perception of the world is of as much importance as the tangible. What Wölfli created, was to him, ‘Fact’.
Are all maps intended to help the viewer or is their very complexity intended to confuse, to disorientate and therefore to make the viewer consider the subject matter in a less literal manner?

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Davies, Andy  (2016) Visualising Spaces: The Illustrated Map as a Mode of Communicating Fact, Fiction and Feeling. VaroomLab Journal (4). pp. 40-55. ISSN 2052-1820

Grayson Perry’s work ‘Map of Nowhere’ https://paragonpress.co.uk/works/map-of-nowhere

Why select this composition, this format, this genre within which to work? The synergy of text and image arranged in the main body of the piece without being restricted by scale and proportion is the graphic language of maps with which we, as observers, are familiar. The black and white diamond patterned ring around circular elements (often a compass) and dashed or wavy lines to denote water, are all signifiers of a map that have been used in countless designs. We therefore know that this artwork is meant to be explored. We trace our finger over the image and discover what we can about this place that is called, ‘Grayson Perry’.

talking of Grayson Perry’s ‘Map of Nowhere’ P.5
Davies, Andy  (2016) Visualising Spaces: The Illustrated Map as a Mode of Communicating Fact, Fiction and Feeling. VaroomLab Journal (4). pp. 40-55. ISSN 2052-1820

https://theworkers.net/where-you-are/
^I want a copy of this book!
This is an interesting idea – that you can get lost in looking at a map. I like that idea for my work.

Painter Melissa Gordon: http://melissagordon.info/
Interesting use of blocking the eye from going very far back. By placing a wall of some kind directly ‘behind’ the paintings / (printed) shapes on top.

the chance to draw myths and legends and depict them alongside these factual elements as if they co-exist in the make-up of the city, the country.

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Davies, Andy  (2016) Visualising Spaces: The Illustrated Map as a Mode of Communicating Fact, Fiction and Feeling. VaroomLab Journal (4). pp. 40-55. ISSN 2052-1820

A map is a device that helps define groups of people and their respective cultures within a tangible graphic shape.

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Davies, Andy  (2016) Visualising Spaces: The Illustrated Map as a Mode of Communicating Fact, Fiction and Feeling. VaroomLab Journal (4). pp. 40-55. ISSN 2052-1820

^ A map defines. Does it? Interesting.

With a world map, we rise above the constraints of our segment of land so as to hold the globe in our gaze, much as with novels, we may be granted intimate access to minds beyond our own.

But of course, like a novel, a map can only ever be a model and reduction of reality. The journeys we make through the landscape look precariously unlike the lines we trace on a map — and it is here that the lost motorist moans. However, it seems we cannot do without abbreviations of complexity in order to make sense of our world, in order to get to our destination.

Alain de Botton from https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/12/17/where-you-are-book-visual-editions/

^ Hmmmm. He makes interesting points.


It feels so good to be doing research again; reading, looking things up, saving material, going down rabbit holes, ideas and thoughts swirling round. It feels GREAT. GREAT. GREAT.

This time has given me the idea to print out the 8 paintings and arrange them, and paint with them as layers. I’m going to go and play with that.

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