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Creative Cartography

Cartographic exhibits featuring artworks by Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Art students and hosted by the ASU Library.

Exhibit Summary

Displaying a visual exploration of order and chaos on a map medium.  How does location interact with our concepts of order and chaos?  From portraits to packaging, reality to abstraction, come experience this collection from students in the Art on Paper Class, School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Opening Panel

Order and Chaos: Artwork Gallery

Artwork by Reyna Amador

Reyna Amador

Permanent and water-based markers on maps


Order is about wildlife living their everyday lives without any outside interruptions.

Chaos is about the devastation and the destruction of wildlife habitats caused by an oil spill in the ocean.  




Artwork by Claire Bauer

Claire Bauer

Ink, pencil, and watercolor


Order: Country Life

My life in the country was organized and uncomplicated.


Chaos: City Life

City life is confusing to me. 

Artwork by Kevin Bratcher

Kevin Bratcher

Sharpie marker and pen on map


Order: I made this with the idea of having less sporadic shapes.

Chaos: Created with the idea of sporadic shapes and colors in mind. 

Artwork by Grisel Cordova

Grisel Cordova

Watercolor, ink & watercolor crayon


Order is the ideology that comes from having the perfect religious environment: order, unity, peace, community, and humbleness.

Chaos is the mental representation of how religion can have an overwhelming imposing presence over an individual, whether they are religious or not.


Artwork by Ellie Craze

Ellie Craze

Ink and watercolor


Order: Some Days are Good represents relaxation.

Chaos: Some Days are Bad represents anxiety.

Artwork by Danielle M Davis

Danielle M. Davis

Watercolor pencil, watercolor, and black artist pens



Using reference photos of the map location to make scenes for my figure, I created a clear-cut path.


A signpost with unhelpful directions and transplanted pieces from another map represents chaos, creating a never-ending path that winds around and crisscrosses itself. 

Artwork by Melissa D'Orazio

Melissa D'Orazio

Watercolor and ink on map paper collage


Above the blossoms. Control adores his soft thorns. Love in this desert.

Love in this building. Chaos adores his tile floors. Above the cement. 

Artwork by Tania Hernandez

Tania Hernandez

Watercolor, watercolor pencils, pen, and marker



Using the topography of the original map, the viewer can sense chaos through the repetition of lines.


A sense of order is communicated by the use of geometric lines against the frenzy of the topographic lines.

Artwork by Huong Hong

Huong Hong



Order illustrates the structure of lines.

Chaos shows how one item that is out of place can create chaos.

Artwork by Katy Melynne Scott

Katy Melynne Scott

Ink and acrylic paint on Arizona maps


Chaos: Childhood Memories

Order: Imaginary Landscape


I inherited a very active imagination.  Sometimes that can be a good thing, sometimes not, but it always makes my life interesting.

Artwork by Sara Jordan

Sara Jordan

Watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on paper


Order represents a mind-space racing with overactive, unorganized thoughts, and sometimes intense emotions.

Chaos features a checker pattern which represents the control and coping of chaotic thoughts, often leading to a more collected and peaceful mind.



Artwork by Jazmin Martinez

Jazmin Martinez

Watercolor and Ink on maps


This work discusses order and chaos as they exist as similar entities. There exists a chaos that provides structure and comfort as seen as order, and an unknown chaos that threatens this familiarity.

Artwork by Kayci Monar

Kayci Monar 

Watercolor, colored pencil, and cut paper 


In these works, I played in part with containment, creating a dark field that keeps the squares of the Order piece contained. Chaos loses its containing force and allows for chaotic lines to break through the borders. 

Artwork by Rachel Rock

Rachel Rock

Watercolor and Ink


The chaos of direction. The order of serenity.

Artwork by Alexis Simpson

Alexis Simpson

Watercolor, gouache, and watercolor pencils


I see order in calming colors and relaxed facial expressions. I think chaos is best expressed by harsh colors and intense facial expressions.

Artwork by Valerie Skorpion

Valerie Skorpion

Printing, ink, and collage


This is the result of a graphic design student pondering, "what product(s) should use map themed packaging?" and concluding that CamelBak packs go where you go and are with you when you find yourself in order and in chaos.

Artwork by Sojung Jang

Sojung Jang

Watercolor and ink


Chaos: Found the leaf shapes on the map randomly.

Order: Found the leaf shapes and colored each boxes.

Artwork by Christopher Wetzel

Christopher Wetzel

Ink and watercolor on maps


Order works with the maps and uses the topographic lines to bring the imagery forward.

Chaos uses the map as raw material for drawing without the influence of the topographic lines. 

Artwork by Sherlene Wong

Sherlene Wong

Watercolor, sumi ink, pencils, and ink pens


Order depicts a series of orderly events

Chaos depicts a series of chaotic events 

Installed Exhibit




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