Terrain of Sensation, 2014

Pearl Van Geest
City of Guelph 2014 Artist in the Community

This collaborative digital photographic integrated map is the culmination of the City’s 2014 Artist in the Community program. It combines traditional and digital map-making with personal artistic interpretations of the naturalized area of the West End Community Centre - linking the body through lived experience and art to the environment.

During a series of free summer workshops, participants were invited to make drawings, paintings and/or prints on transparent sheets of Mylar in response to the particular area that they selected from the gridded landscape site plan. The resulting photographs, made by layering the works onto a lightbox, were placed back into the same gridded pattern transforming the schematic site plan into a large-scale, intimate portrayal of the mapped area.

The Artist in the Community program is an initiative of the City of Guelph designed to enhance community wellbeing through public participation in creative activities led by local artists.