Joanne Mott gallery
Mapped Sculptures, 2016-2017
Metal, wood, acrylic paint, enamel paint, map pins, papier mache, polystyrene
50 x 30 x 30cm
Challenging the trustworthiness we attribute to maps, in "We are the World" the globe is represented swept of it’s axis. Both familiar and strange as it is consumed by mass-produced plastic artefacts.
Globalisation and its effects on our planet come into relief in these works. Historically used to mark territories and places, penetrating map pins signify intention, ownership and consumption. World globes on stands encrusted with colourful map pins portray planet earth.
Over 10,000 thousand hand-painted map pins compose each globe. Each globe tells a different story; where continents are off axis, inside out, out of place or upside down.
The map pins are painted and need to be treated as acrylic painted surfaces. Any touching of the painted surfaces with bare hands may cause discolourations from natural oils in the hands, overtime.
It is recommended that when touching or moving the artwork, cotton gloves be used. The sculpture can be dusted with gentle cloth, very soft brush or non-scratchy duster.