Reflection

My parallel project images are a culmination of the work I have done throughout this course and fit together well with my other pieces.

The aim in producing these images was to raise awareness of the ash dieback disease and the impact it will have on the Yorkshire Dales landscape. I think they are striking images which will do just that. Using a similar method to Mandy Barker (Barker, 2016), I have tried to produce visually attractive images with the shocking message being conveyed in the captions which describes how the holes burnt out of these maps mark where the ash trees will be lost from the landscape due to the disease.

Maps are by no means neutral, they are a powerful means of conveying a message (Kitchin and Dodge, 2007). The background Ordnance Survey map I used initially, could be judged to be fairly neutral, but I have certainly removed that in my completed drawings. The goal of maps is β€œto bring about a change in another, and it is the situation calling for this change that calls for the map.” (Wood, 1993). With ash dieback, there is little we can do to prevent it now, so the change I am calling for here is more for greater environmental awareness and care.

I enjoy the combination of planned precise mark making from the rust print lines and ink drawing and the random marks made through the rust printing process and use of gunpowder. I will continue to make work using these mediums as I think they work well together.

References

Barker, M. (2016). Mandy Barker – Biosphere Talks. [online] YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG609A4pETg [Accessed 13 Apr. 2019].

Kitchin, R. and Dodge, M. (2007). Rethinking maps. Progress in Human Geography, [online] 31(3), pp.331-344. Available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0309132507077082.

Wood, D. (1993). The fine line between mapping and mapmaking. Cartographica, [online] 30(4), pp.50–60. Available at: http://www.deniswood.net/content/papers/Fine%20Line.pdf.

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