Map Relief — A Journey Through Darkness



I had to create my own interpretation of a map that would be mounted and come off the wall. The map could either be literal or abstract.

Materials Used:

  • Foam board
  • Gesso
  • Black spray paint
  • White spray paint

Approximate Dimensions:

33 in x 6.5 in x 11 in

Artist Statement:

My interpretation of the map relief was more of an abstract emotional concept than a literal one. I wanted to depict the harshness of spiraling into a mental breakdown. I created a series of foam board pieces that were scored into triangular shapes. I used gesso and straight pins to hold together multiples of these pieces. The map starts in the middle left section of the board, where there are no pieces at all. This is where the mind is the clearest, but slowly negative thoughts, burdens, and stressful situations begin to gather around. Initially, the pieces fit together almost perfectly, because the mind is still somewhat stable. However, rapidly, as the map progresses, it becomes more chaotic and harsh, the pieces beginning to fall off the board and not fitting together at all to the point where it is a disassembled mess, as if someone poured a million puzzle pieces all over the floor and you don’t know which ones fit together anymore—suddenly you feel like you don’t fit anymore.

The map is meant to be read from left to right, almost like a story. The white symbolizes the purity of the mind, but it gradually transitions to black towards the end as the mind spirals into chaos and darkness.


Val Britton, Artist


Grace Bonney, Origami Paper


Matt Shilan, Artist


In – Progress Photos



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