EARTH comprises a collection of world maps presented as faux archaeological objects. Each piece explores a historic moment or era, that has shaped our world view. Using an eclectic range of ceramic processes, each map seeks to combine cartographic accuracy with explorations of ceramic materials, for example by including carbon-negative material diverted from landfill. Some of the pieces are interactive, either through inviting physical rearrangement or by connecting via QR codes to digital work online. We live every day with maps reflecting and prescribing how we see the world: from the euro-centric Mercator projection to the user-centric digital maps in our devices. EARTH invites us to question how maps influence our sense of place, belonging and identity.
Supported by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant.