Mapping Significance

Mapping Significance

What makes you who you are? Is it coincidence you turned out this way?

Did you drive here today? Or maybe you rode the bus, walked, or even biked. Would it be possible to number each step you took to get here? The answer is most likely a yes. 

Now, can you recall your first kiss, or becoming an aunt or uncle? What about a divorce or the phone call telling you your friend was killed? Even the job you accepted on a whim? The answer again is most likely a yes. These are the events that made me who I am. If I’d made different choices or not experienced one of these events, I feel certain I would not be the “me,” I am today. Now take all of those pivotal experiences and lay them out. Can you connect them? Are you able to draw out or “map” your life? The definition of map is generally a delineation, representation, or reflection of anything. It can be a diagram representing a set of interrelated facts by means of dots or likes on a coordinate background. The body of work before you is just that. 

Each portrait you see is an outline of an individual’s life thus far. The setting varies for each and shows a version of the place they call home. The individual then pin pointed significant happenings using different colors to illustrate the events. Tying all of these events together are strings which show the different paths the individual faced. It may be impossible to find the starting point for any one portrait, but the future is more easily shown with a white pin. 

Think back to all of the imperative events in your life. Those are the factors that shape you. Many of them may be a pleasure to remember and reflect upon. Others have the ability to send you back to times of pain and helplessness. However it is the sum of both the positives and negatives we’ve faced from day one, which shape our future. Mapping Significance is about where we started, where we want to go, and all of the in-betweens.

In front of you hang portraits or maps of individuals that most likely do not matter to your life. There is no need to know their names, their successes, or their failures. Instead think of how you arrived to this moment.