Personal Cartography

This sculpture is a wooden puzzle game measuring 120 cm x 83 cm. The form was created by layering the outlines of every city and every country in which I’ve lived for more than 3 months. The outlines were obtained by tracing aerial maps with no regard to the actual scale of each city/state.

After installing Personal Cartography (Cartographie Personelle), I submit my personal geography to visitors who are invited to play and interact with the puzzle game. They can either follow the existing patterns linking the shapes together (outlined in pencil on the first layer of the game) or create new place shape combinations.

By ignoring the actual scale of these sites, I foreground the ambiguous relationships that I have had with each site and insist that mapping is not an objective task, but rather both personal and political.