My friend Linda made a map that I would like to share.
I met Linda in January when I went to Tucson to teach and do a presentation on maps. She is a part of the impressive group of artist in Arizona that call themselves Paperworks. Here is the post of the books and maps they made.
Linda’s mother has Alzheimer’s Disease, which is coincidentally very common in my family. While it is devastating on every level, when we were walking in the morning before class, over the hills of the Sonoran Desert, she would tell me mom stories that really made me laugh. We talked about mapping her mom’s journey. Here is Linda’s map, and what she has to say about it.
I was inspired by the Variation: Street Map project in the book Personal Geographies.Â We made the map background in class with Jill, and right from the start I wanted this to be a map representing my motherâ€™s realm. She has Alzheimerâ€™s disease and the names of the streets and buildings were inspired by â€œher worldâ€.Â I named them using her usual complaints, comments, and mysterious lost (or hidden) items.Â These are things that really only my family can understand, but making the map became therapeutic for me.Â Linda
It is my contention that making maps very often can serve to sort things out, to give stories and experiences a place. Making a map is an exercise in pure artistic creation: we can add anything to the place we are creating, anything at all. And when we are done, it feels good. For more map ideas to add fodder to your artist arsenal, check out my book, Personal Geographies.
I will be posting more maps from all of you as we go, so poke me if you want to share. In the meantime, today is the last day to sign up on the post below for a giveaway chance at selections of maps from my stash.
Happy Leap Day!