As an artist, I create visualizations about ideas. I was trying to understand how to accept all my feelings and experiences, not just the pleasurable ones. I came across Psychologist Robert Plutchik’s chart of emotions, and after I assigned it to a color wheel, I could finally visualize emotional wholeness. Then I started asking how we create attachment to place, starting with where I live, Austin, Texas.
"XYZ Atlas: the Hedonic Map of Austin" launched in 2013. The XYZ Atlas began with an anonymous survey intended to collect participants’ stories and data. Over three years, more than 45 exhibits, installations and events were produced in Austin at venues such as SXSW, The University of Texas at Austin, the Elisabet Ney Museum, the Thinkery museum, and Austin parks and community events.
To date, Total Reach from Media Editorials 15,014,431 Reach from In-Person Events: 63,652
"The Experience Map of Bryan and College Station" has launched with the support of the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.
"XYZ Atlas: Congress Avenue" has launched with the support of the Downtown Austin Alliance, Southwest Airlines, and the Project for Public Spaces.
There are amazing opportunities to participate in this project. I want to invite you to join this unique opportunity to visualize how we experience belonging.