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Cartographic Compositions

Artwork Guided by Thin Red Lines 

A map of a city’s transportation system represents the collective needs of millions of individuals. Like a path that becomes a road, and expands into a highway, the iron rail marks the ritualistic movement of a city's life. As a result, a map can be the most apt tool when describing a city, both its material structure and its people. 

Prevalent in all of my Tokyo maps are the holes in the center, the Imperial Palace. Isolated from Japanese politics, the Royal family remains a static symbol of Japan's history, parts discussed, and parts taboo.

Suicide Pact

Powerlessness and Fear in a Nuclear Age

I was 15 when the Berlin wall fell.
From the moment I grasped the horrible purpose of the bomb shelter under my school, or when I realized the meaning behind the wailing song that followed as I scurried to the basement, I had been terrified of nuclear war.
This series addresses the fear assumed by a world held hostage by political philosophies plagued by confusing and frightening contradictions. It speaks to how we have found it easier to imagine the treat is gone, however, the tools of Armageddon remain idle, awaiting instructions.
Once a gun enters the plot it must be used
- Anton Chekhov.

Scenes of Tokyo through the Commuters Eyes

This series describes Tokyo and its people through scenes of its incredible transportation system. Tokyo lives by rail, shuffling its primary resource, salary men and women, in an out of the city. It is a marvel in its scope, efficiency, and complexity and may be the best symbol of the Japanese people and culture.
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