A KITCHEN COUNTER TOPOGRAPHY: Exploring a Domestic Universe (2007)
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Handbound book
24 pages - 8 x 10 inches

Language changes and evolves through time to better reflect our lived experiences. Words migrate from the realms of song, film and literature into the vernacular. Since British author J.K. Rowling launched her Harry Potter book series, some of its 'magical vocabulary' has taken on meaning far beyond the covers of these books.

I have been intrigued by Rowling’s concept of the portkey, an everyday object that, through magic , operates as a means of transport from one place to another. In my every day life experiences, material things often operate as portkeys that transport my mind into entirely different spaces - spaces of memory, spaces of feeling, spaces of politics, spaces of global issues, spaces of choice...

In A Kitchen Counter Topography, I 'map the world' on my kitchen counter and explore its inhabitants in their capacity as portkeys.

© 2008 helma sawatzky – updated in june 2010