Every man is a piece of the continent; I am an island

Every man is a piece of the continent; I am an island

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less … any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

— John Donne, Meditation 17

In essence, this project is a self-portrait as landscape. Appearing as a single satellite image of an island landscape, the work is in fact composed of satellite images from more than 30 places of personal significance. Beyond simply a record of personal history, certain identifiable landforms and recognizable major cities further allow the viewer to reflect on their own connection to these locations. Thus the work becomes an opportunity for the viewer to reflect on their own histories and experiences, to imagine their own composite island, and to begin a dialog that explores where our individual histories have overlapped within the landscape.