Monday, April 9, 2012

Maps and Wrinkled Paper

Here are some pictures of an evolving series of experiments involving maps and wrinkled paper, turning two-dimensional images into sculptures and vice versa.

First, I crumpled up a piece of paper and then took closeup photos and scanned it. Then, I used Photoshop to overlay each image with a negative mirror image of itself, so that the image has a symmetry, but the light looks like it's only coming from one direction.

Then, I overlaid some scans from old maps, printed out the images on paper, and made the prints into polyhedral sculptures.

Finally, I made a print of the polyhedron photo at the top of this post, and now I'm turning it into a sculpted print to be mounted on birch plywood. You can see this last step in progress in the final picture below.

I'm not sure where all of this is heading, but I have wanted to work with maps for a long time now. Maps embody the issues of data, knowledge, and uncertainty that I've been thinking about. Plus, the shapes of coastlines and rivers are perfect examples of fractals in nature. So, it's all there in one neat little package.

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