Maps

 

Above: The main component of Alma, Wisconsin (After Soth), 2012.

The exploration of cartography drives much of my work, and I have completed and exhibited a number of maps which serve as a record of personal experience. Some of the maps are handmade (Aubade Forward: sewn fragments of work printed at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers), but most are computer-generated. My most ambitious map to date, Delineation of Experience, was completed in March, 2009. Nearly 8-feet long, Delineation is a record of my life in Wisconsin since moving to the state in 2004. On it, I have done my best to document all roads taken, all bodies of water seen, and a cross-section of meaningful (or, perhaps, somewhat mundane) everyday experiences. During the fall of 2010, I completed an updated version my “personal transit map,” an imagined system of personalized public transportation. (I made a similar map as part of my thesis work in graduate school.) Completed during passionate statewide debate on passenger rail during the fall election, Oshkosh Personal Transit is also an account of everyday life here in Oshkosh, fitting it within all of my other personal maps completed to date. Alma, Wisconsin (After Soth) was my piece for the 2012 Design MMoCA at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art: the museum challenged me to make a piece inspired by Alec Soth’s Cemetery, Fountain City, WI (2002), and this is what I came up with. As my first installation, it even had sound. And an empty bottle of Orange Crush. The last images on this page contain the photo narrative from that endeavor.

 

Superior Makes a Point, for an AIGA Wisconsin thing. 2012.

Ligne Bleue. 2011.

Three maps for Design City: Design Inquiry, Montreal. 2011.

Personal Transit Map. 2010.

Delineation of Experience, 2009.

Current Circuit, 2005.

Below: More from Alma, Wisconsin  (After Soth).