Hannah Quaintance
Mapping Home #1detail, Mapping Home #1Mountain Blooddetail, Mountain BloodMapping Home #2detail, Mapping Home #2
Mapping Home
“Home is where one starts from. As we grow older /
the world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated…we shall not cease from exploration /
and the end of all our exploring /
will be to arrive where we started/And know the place for the first time.”
-T.S. Eliot (Four Quartets)

This project began during a three-week independent study in a place I consider home in March 2011. It is an exploration of how people relate to place and define their homes within a particular landscape. The landscapes that surround us, both geographically and mentally, hold our history and shape the way we venture into new territories. Through mapping we develop relationships with different landscapes, revealing a desire for a core order, a home. We seek a center, a place from which to move forward. Our most intimate center, and home, is our own body. It is with our bodies that we interact and relate to our surroundings. These pieces are my maps and landscapes of the body and bodily interactions with the landscape of southern New Mexico.