Lakes of Finland, 2014
Finland is referred to as the country of the thousand lakes. The names of 400 of the largest ones are catalogued in general lists. This work employs the conventions we handle using geographic data, and it plays with naming natural phenomena in general. The Lakes of Finland address forms of representation in maps and charts as we know it from cartography, biology or encyclopaedias. The ability to see something as something (Wittgenstein), as we do trying to read outlines as image, are also familiar from psychology and ink charts used by Rorschach.
While the names are the actual lake-vocabulary, the shapes of the lakes are invented – they are 1:1 ink paintings.