For each work in Kingdoms, a single image is juxtaposed with either three or eight "maps," as I call them. Each "map" is created by dividing the image into rectangles, or grids of rectangles for the Grids, or lines, for the Lines. Each divided portion, or "cell," is then reduced to its average color, and then the whole image is reconstituted out of these color fields. A few of the color fields are replaced with the portion of the original image to which it corresponds, determined by a controlled use of random numbers. Every Kingdoms work is an edition of one.
Work on Kingdoms commenced in November, 2010, with the first examples completed in March 2011. More than with any of my other work, I began this without much of an explanation for why I am making these; I didn't even fully understand the mapping metaphor at first. I take this lack of verbal explanation to be a good sign, a sign that I have found a procedure that is authentic in itself, and consequently difficult to elucidate in words. For the immediate future I will be working on only one set, Kingdoms 1: Poland, and I have worked with only three Poland images thus far; my plans are to use at least ten.
Kingdoms 1: Poland main page.
Scroll through all the Kingdoms completed thus far.