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Mapping & Unpacking: Mixed Media and Sculpture by Bret Hanson

  • Gallery at Library Square 210 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT, 84111 United States (map)


Mapping is a prevalent theme in my work. A map is a way to understand the world and what one’s place is in it. It is also a pictorial symbol representing a space beyond itself. In my work, I am developing a personal map-making language. By combining the visual language of maps with architectural and organic elements of places I have seen and/or experienced, a new way to map my memories emerges. I am inventing a new cartography: map-like imagery that consists of simplified elements of my memories, thoughts, and experiences.

In this work, I have been striving to unpack and understand four phases/places of my life that have led me to where I am today. I am striving to create a new mapping system, a way to synthesize map-like language into a visual record of my life. By extracting certain lines and shapes from places, maps, and architecture, I can reference both of those worlds, but fragment them enough so that the result is a more personal yet universal mapping language.

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