The Journey Project
a subjective topographical survey
For this Junior Studio project at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, I was asked to create an artwork that in some way expressed the journey from my home to the school.
I chose to focus on the journey I make on foot, though it is not one I make most frequently, because it is the most interesting. As the walk is fairly long (about 4.3 miles), I often encounter many little details I would have never noticed by car or metro.
Modern life is such that most people do not use walking as a means of travel,
particularly for distances of any considerable length. My project serves
to highlight the way in which walking allows the traveler to notice details
that would otherwise go overlooked when traveling by motor vehicle.
I constructed a three-dimensional box with compartments holding a
different object or experience representing an aspect of the journey I make from
my house to school. Items are all things encountered along the way,
with an emphasis on small details.
To highlight the contrast between macro and micro, the exterior of the box
was surfaced with an illustration of an aerial map of the region covered
during the journey. Each compartment has latitudinal and
longitudinal coordinates underneath it, representing the location where the
object was located/experienced. The inside cover of the box has a key with
annotations or prose concerning each entry in this visual travel log.
Naturalist specimen containers, Joseph Cornell, Rube Goldberg,
Meriwether Lewis & William Clark, curiosity cabinets, advent calendars.
Cardboard, hot glue, wooden thumb tacks, paper, google maps,
paper map, string lights, miniature recording module, found objects.