Constructed Cartograms


United States of America, Detail | Ceramic. | 56" w. x 29" h. x 5" d


Artist Jennifer Brazelton wants you to experience nationalism in new and unexpected ways. For the past five years she has been creating sculptures using maps of nations whose shapes are altered by human population data. These oddly distorted two-dimensional cartogram drawings were created by Benjamin D. Hennig’s PhD research. Jennifer transforms these maps through research and her creative process into three-dimensional sculptures. She layers organic and patterned surfaces over the undulating clay in an effort to make the sculptures pulse with life. The countries she sculpts are topical and in the media. An article about the series is available on Ben’s website.

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Photography by Wilfred J. Jones