My work stems from a lifelong fascination with cartography and an interest in living a mobile, nomadic lifestyle. I am interested in the world’s varying geographical landscapes, systems and languages, as well as modern-day globalization.
Mainly two-dimensional, my work either stands alone or is arranged into multiple-piece wall installations. My process consists of constant destruction and reconstruction; dissection and connection. I dissect maps to unleash the raw linear beauty they convey, and at the same time, I use various odd materials, such as clothing tags and painted cardboard, to construct geographical shapes. I am drawn to transparencies, reflections, and glossy surfaces, ideal for composing multiple layers. By reshaping geography and language, my work has slowly evolved from a personal narrative to an abstracted view towards the world at large.
Sarah Shaw, 2010