(2017) Part of a collage series nourished by legacy Encyclopedia Britannica imagery, mappings: [Homo cum per orbem divisi] considers the historical contours of man’s geographical arbitrations. In deference to its politicized Latin subtitle [Man’s world divided as follows:], the work hopes to evoke a traditional men’s club aesthetic; commentary about Man-defined boundaries; boundaries of all varieties.
Am I fluent and/or a Latin scholar*? No, and/or not-a-snowball’s-chance.
But as far as subtitles go, the central imagery is framed by other engraved Latin mottos, buttressing a core concept of the piece: the human need to specify boundaries; especially via socioeconomic and geopolitical antagonisms. After all, “Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur“, ..non?!?
Materials: Archival honeycomb board, wood, paper, UV-protected matte medium, acrylic, various hardware and wiring. Dimensions: (Approx.) 55”L x 3.25”W x 51.5”H
*Thank you online translation engines**.
** Viz. Google Translate