"Just trust yourself, and then you will know how to live" Goethe
In my ongoing expressive art group a week ago, I began a mixed media collage. Having fun with it for days afterwards, I created this this. I love maps, they elicit so many fantasies, and memories for me as well. I used to spend hours drawing them as a little girl, and then pouring over them with dreams of travel as I became a young woman. Even, now maps continue to hold a power over me, but in a different way. They are guideposts, signs leading to inwards reveries and imaginings. So, they often find their way into my art these days.
There are many art therapy directives that integrate maps and mapmaking into the art process, creating maps of your inner landscape, maps of your spiritual journey, maps of your life's path, maps of your journey in overcoming challenges. Creating mandala's is another ancient mapmaking process, the experience of finding your center, creating a way to orient to your own personal true north...and of course, just the experience of drawing a mandala is a map of the cosmos, both inner and outer. Oh how I love maps.
My newest fantasy is to make a series of envelopes from old maps. We shall see if I follow through on that one. If so I will post them here eventually. Maps are a call to the journey towards the self. What do you do with maps? Show me!