I created this artwork in 2016 for school. The task was to create an artwork about culture. I don’t feel like I have a very strong culture, and I don’t believe that culture is important or a defining feature of someone, however I decided to represent all of the cultures of the world in one artwork. I cut all the imagery out of green paper, so that if you stand back, all the cultures merge into one green map, symbolising how culture doesn’t matter when you view it from a distance. At least the merging is what’s meant to happen. (It didn’t work as well as I’d hoped.) In my opinion culture is a human concept, and, mainly, a way to create differences between people. We’re all the same species, so, for me, culture doesn’t matter. I think it’s important to uphold culture, such as books and traditions, but not to define a person by what their culture is.
This started out as a really good idea, but I always bite off more than I can chew. I didn’t realise just how much time researching and making this artwork would take, and cutting everything out of green paper gets boring pretty quickly.
I don’t take shortcuts, so I hand-drew the map and all the images. Then I cut all the images out with my trusty scalpel and glued them together. It was a lot of work.
The title comes from a poem by Erin Hanson, who, as you might have noticed, is one of my favourite poets. The poem is called Ground Control.