|The blueprint process is essentially the cyanotype process developed by the British astronomer and photographer Sir John Herschel in 1842. A photosensitive compound, a solution of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide, is coated onto paper. Areas of the compound exposed to strong light are converted to insoluble blue ferric ferrocyanide, or Prussian blue. The soluble chemicals are washed off with water leaving a light-stable print.
A map is a visual representation of an area — a symbolic depiction highlighting relationships between elements of that space such as objects, regions, and themes. Throughout history, people have created and used maps as essential tools to help them define, explain, and navigate their way through the world.
Agoraphobia (from Greek ἀγορά, "marketplace"; and φόβος/φοβία, -phobia) is an anxiety disorder characterized by anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives the environment to be difficult or embarrassing to escape.
|small world includes cyanotypes and sculptures that reflect my experience of agoraphobia. Using old and new maps, a blueprint of my house, skewed perception, and scale, I consider the knowability of the world, the beauty of attempts to represent one’s environment based on non-scientific data, and the reliability of representation. I use the cyanotype process because of its association with blueprints, which are employed in an attempt to create an objective representation of lived space, and because it is exposed outdoors in the sunlight, which requires engagement with a larger world than that with which an agoraphobic is comfortable.|