As I’m drawing here, I’m also doing some mapping. I think this will all become part of a book soon, but I’m not sure yet how that will play out. Something about time-based media and the urge to record experience.
When I think about maps, especially geographical diagrams, I tend to think about outlines and borders. If you consider a map primarily in its role as a record of some kind of experience and step away from the idealistic impulse to control or predict, you start to wonder how to record phenomena that are in motion. As I’m making these diagrams I’m forcing myself to consider the places that are transitional and try to give them momentary shape.
Places like shorelines and rocky beaches with nothing built on them.
At the same time, I’m conscious of pretending to have a bird’s-eye view of the world. Every map is a lie, of course.
And maps as diagrams of experience are even more unpredictable and untrustworthy than drawings.