Where to start- Elsewhere is a crazy place. Imagine the most things in one place you have ever seen. Multiply it by 30 or 40 and you have a rough estimate of the amount of stuff that is in this place. Everything for Good old Grateful Dead records to scarred mannequins. Not exactly the place you hang out on your first date, but certainly some... interesting things happen there.
We were asked to map out a space. Others started right away but I sat for a few minutes to try and figure out what it meant to map a space. This is a more difficult prospect than one might think due to the fact that everything in elsewhere can be moved. How do I capture a place if it may be completely different the next time I come back? Not an easy prospect.
I started with lists. I listed the names of every book that was in my space, then every fruit. I thought it would be easiest for me to simply list objects in an area and allow those who read the list to form their own conclusions involving the true essence of the area.
I followed this approach (which took forever) by trying to get some simple sketches of the area down. This was completely ineffective. While the larger, more permanent pieces remained, I had lost most of the movable items to other areas. I had to rethink my approach.
I visited elsewhere on my own, not to draw, but to observe different areas. I found that, more than anything, the people defined my space. A relaxed person made the space feel open, almost like it had spilled over. An uptight person might make the space feel like there was a sense of organization to the chaos that surrounded me. (I still don't know if there is) This feeling that people defined a space was further accentuated by the fact that the people literally DO define the space. They can shift from here to there, bring objects they like with them, and get rid of objects they don't.
Epiphany: The Space is truly defined those who are in it, to capture the essence of the space I am better off trying to capture the people who are in it.
Problem: I suck at drawing people. lol.
I started off with really sketchy people, because many people only breezed through the space, leaving little hint of their time in my area, other than a shifted object, or a new/absent object. I had someone who settled down in my area and she was lounged= my area thus became a lounging area. Thank you, Heather! My Elsewhere Map: