Cartography is a stop-motion animation film in which Canada, Texas, and Trinidad are drawn in a triangular pattern in chalk on the floor. I proceed to drag and roll myself on the floor across each of the maps until they are completely erased. Since I am wearing a black leotard and black tights, the imprint of the white chalk becomes transferred from the floor to my body. The three locations blend and imprint themselves onto me.
The idea was conceived after viewing Magali Charrier’s Tralala. Tralala tells the tale of three sisters’ journey into existence, the personality traits they adopt, and how they interact with one another. While the eldest sister’s narration of the story progresses, scenes drawn in chalk materialize around the three sisters. Each of the chalk scenes is representative of the fabricated world the sisters constructed throughout their adolescence. In Cartography, instead of constructing worlds that were representative of my childhood fantasies, I recreated the three worlds that have come to define my identity. The act of erasure becomes a means of bridging the distance between the three locations. I am commandeering the spaces as my own, so that they are able to exist on me in the same place at the same time.