This image is the product of a mind map exercise, the goal of which was to chart personal influences.
I approached the exercise with hesitation, because the concept of organically mapping associations felt deceptive to me.
I could not help thinking of the exercise as inherently contrived, because the act of putting words down on paper is a filtering process: you consciously choose what to leave out.
I sought solace in the silhouette of an intricate metal coaster given to me by my grandmother. Its shape represented an aesthetic to which I am consistently drawn.
I took inspiration from the overlapping shapes in the coaster to devise a framework within which to begin the inquiry.
Using the overlapping structure forced me to look at the ways that seemingly disparate influences and ideas converge. I grew excited by this discovery, and the comfort through organization it provided.
This excitement is evident in the places where text breaks out of the open spaces in the form and begins to self govern its movement on the page.
This process piece led to a more complex investigation of thought associations and the storytelling potential of mind maps, which can be viewed Here.