Mapping Place
    Paul Woodruffe

    The use of a site-based drawing methodology as a tool to map place was undertaken in the belief that it is possible to think of maps not as representations of an established reality but as a tool to produce new realities, and that the act of drawing on site, with the pressures that come to bear during this action, assist the artist to engage in “fields of relations rather than arrangements of objects.” (Marot 2003:-iii), something considered vital to site analysis. This drawing approach considered many aspects of site analysis that Manuel de Sola-Morales wrote about in “A matter of things”, one of these was a desire for a methodology capable of revealing what de Sola-Morales describes as the “force of the peripheral place”, and exploring “the void between disconnected objects.” The work also demonstrated an ability to reveal “the void and the interstitial lands as positive material.”(de Sola-Morales 2008:-197), it achieved this through the use of irregular shapes to define objects and “white space” to present the tensions between these objects. It also defined varieties of peripheral space through categorizing characteristic conditions of the site, and challenged the use of purely digital analysis methodology described by de Sola-Morales as; “the sterile securities of analysis.” (de Sola-Morales 2008:-197).

    Mapping Place: Paul Woodruffe

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    Paul Woodruffe

    Paul Woodruffe is an Auckland based Artist, Landscape Architect and currently a lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland New Zealand. Founding member and co-ordinator for the multi-disciplinary “everyday collective”, a research and practice lead group involved in site analysis, community and place based “art as advocacy” projects.

    Paul Woodruffe
    Artist and Lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand

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