I have always been fascinated by mapping. I love to look at maps, but even more intriguing to me is the conceptual act of mapping—the re-creation of a physical space within the mind. Or, the seemingly nonsensical and unrelated thought trails that, when examined in retrospect, are the answer enfolded within the question.

We construct buildings that are nothing but concrete versions of our desire-paths. What is the compulsion to construct, divide, expand space—to experience space as “cozy”, as “imposing”, as “sacred”?

On paper, three dimensions are flattened, but it is implied that the viewer will expand the map in his/her own mind, like one of those compressed sponge toys that plump up when placed in water. I place words and phrases to be expanded in the same way—through association and implication, through contrast and comparison. The mind delights in puzzling, and also in traveling through mazes. A cryptic meaning puts it on alert, sharpens it. Then the symbols can empress their subtle meanings into the brain crevices.

Spaces are a symbolic language. Language has its own dimension of space in the mind. We are instinctively compelled to create and experience spaces, and to “own” space. We have an innate desire to possess meaning through symbols. Most of all, we love the moment when we suddenly “get” the joke.

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