A lot of my maps are abstractions of my emotions. What is the state of my heart? My mental state? How am I being influenced by things I think or see or hear or do? It’s cathartic and sometimes I don’t even know I’m doing it. Idle doodles become outpourings.
Because I am afraid most people aren’t going to understand these very personal maps, I don’t often display them. But I reluctantly showed my sketchbook to a friend earlier this year with surprising results. He is extremely perceptive and gave me spot-on interpretations, revealing things to me that I hadn’t considered. I think he knows me better than myself, in some ways.
Here is an example I will share that is very map-like. I even let my super-ego label it for the benefit of viewers. It summarises and lays bare a lot of emotions and things I’ve been feeling this year. There’s a great deal unsaid, too.
Feel free to interpret in the comments. Just don’t suggest therapy or a regimen of drugs, please.
As a creative exercise, can you map out your year in some way?Posted by kuri at December 09, 2005 01:01 PM