Category: Drowned World Maps

Drowned World: Loximuthal Projection

Tracey Clement, ‘Drowned World: Loximuthal Projection,’ 2017, pencil and rust on paper, 800 x 1210.

This the fifth (and final) map I’ve made as part of my Mapping The Drowned World project, inspired by JG Ballard’s novel The Drowned World.

You can find all of my Drowned World maps here.

In this map the conventional view of the planet is inverted. After all, there is no right way up in space.

18.3 hours of drawing, January – September 2017.

Watch Tracey Clement creating Drowned World Loximuthal Projection here.



Cartographic Perspectives

One of my Drowned World maps has made the cover of the US journal Cartographic Perspectives!
You can read my article here:

Cover of ‘Cartographic Perspectives,’ no 85, 2016. Tracey Clement, Drowned World: Eckert Projection (detail), 2016, pencil and rust on paper.

Drowned World: Buckminster Fuller Projection

This the fourth map I’ve made as part of my Mapping The Drowned World project, inspired by JG Ballard’s novel The Drowned World.

Maps are always staking a claim or making a point. Far from being an endeavour of pure science, they are political and cultural tools. They frequently represent power and the domination of both people and places.

Maps are artefacts deeply embedded in the cultures that make them and the conditions of their time. And my Drowned World maps are no exception.

In my Drowned World series of drawings I transpose a predicted ocean level rise of 70 meters on to maps of the world. These artworks picture planetary geography re-shaped in a way that echoes Ballard’s science fictional vision of The Drowned World, but they are also grounded in the real.

This map took approx 25 hours of drawing, August – December 2016

The time-consuming nature of these works is a deliberate strategy which points to our complicity in creating our current climate crisis.

This catastrophe did not just happen: it took centuries of dedicated labour, ruthless exploitation of the natural environment, manic consumerism, and blatant disregard for the consequences of our actions to reach this moment in time.

The Buckminster Fuller projection was created in 1943.

WATCH Tracey Clement create Drowned World: Buckminster Fuller Projection.

Drowned World: Eckert Projection

Drowned World: Bonne Projection

Drowned World: Petermann Star Projection