Thursday, August 16, 2007

New Semester

A new semester is right around the corner ... really in a little over a week. I am excited to be finishing my final year in graduate school, and a little nervous about it, too. What I'm really hoping is that my artwork will change again ... maybe drastically, maybe not so drastically. All I know is that I feel a little lost right now (fitting for my current art motifs). I am excited about exploring new mapping possibilities - for instance, a new wave of internet mapping that allows amateurs to create maps. I wonder how far that can be pushed ... I'm also interested in mapping tools, and especially the idea of those tools that are now obsolete. I was thinking about that today. With all the technology now, internet mapping and gps and whatnot, some tools, though they still work, are outdated. And yet I feel like those outdated tools provide more of a personality and relationship to the actual experience than the new more efficient technologies. Anyway, that's just one train of thought. Otherwise, I'm thinking about the human need to identify with a location. Where am I? Where am I going? Important questions for me right now in terms of figuring things out in life and art. So I think I do want to continue working with maps and the ideas of mapmaking ... I just have to figure out where I'm going. Reading right now: 'You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination' by Katharine Harmon