Humorism : Mapping the Self

“Humorism, or humoralism, is a now discredited (but historically important theory) of the makeup and workings of the human body, adopted by Ancient Greek and Roman physicians and philosophers, positing that an excess or deficiency of any of the four distinct bodily fluids in a person directly influences their temperament and health.” – Wikipedia


Laser-etched intaglio print, 2012

(below) “The Circulatory System is an organ system that permits blood and lymph circulation to transport nutrients (such as amino acids and electrolytes), oxygen, carbon dioxide, hormones, blood cells, etc. to and from cells in the body to nourish it and help to fight diseases, stabilize body temperature and pH, and to maintain homeostasis.” -Wikipedia

self map 2

Pen on vellum.  2012. This image explores the homeostatic function of exchange across a barrier by conflating the biological forms of circulation (veins), with constructed forms of circulation (roads). Maps of the roads I have traveled most frequently over my life are overlaid and integrated with the lines of my circulatory system.


Both works completed for Mapping & Visualization I, Fall 2012, with Despina Papadopolous | MFA Design for Social Innovation | SVA


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