A place to play, dream, and pray
Putting these disparate pieces together gave me a greater sense of the wholeness of myself.
I am not sure how I came to be interested in maps. The thing I do know is that mapping is a versatile tool that you can use for anything. I came across Jill Berry's book, Personal Geographies, and decided to map my artistic journey.
I began by listing all the themes and bodies of work in my portfolio. When I did this, little stories from my childhood started to emerge. These stories led to knowing that artistic impulse has always been inside me. How, when I was 7, I stamped all my books with my designed name, and how when I was a baby I adored my Mom's sewing machine manual that showed embroidered patterns. Putting these disparate pieces together gave me a greater sense of the wholeness of myself.
This exercise of considering the form and content of your map brings unconscious connections about a specific subject into consciousness so that the brain naturally organizes itself and sees new possibilities.
Choose a subject, build associations, and then make a map to bring them together. You do not have to be ‘artistic' to benefit from this process, and it does not have to be complicated.