This piece is a testament to the notion of wanting to explore, engage with your environment, see the world etc. but constantly being bombarded with reminders of dangers wherever you go- something I intend to explore deeper in future work.
It was basically a response to my up and coming dis-employment as my contract was coming to an end, and many of my relatives were starting to impose upon me to find work I really wanted to avoid- a reality I knew I'd have to face sooner or later (but as later as possible).
Map Of This Life illustrates the 'normal' life-cycle of people around me- sticking purely to working, institutional life to which we in this society are regularly condemned, starting with hospital, school, then uni, unemployment, dreaded office job, nursing home and the road coming a full-cycle at the hospital again. I tried to add in some relevance to issues we've faced- student fees and debt going up, overzealous security, general strikes in the wake of austerity measures and so forth.
The here be dragons symbol at the edge is my way of trying to stress how everyone around me was fearful of us taking a career path away from the normal route. Anyone who has ever studied art, music, drama, dance etc. has no doubt had that conversation with someone close to them where they obsess over the fact that it's 'hard to get money in that', and think you should just keep it as a nice little hobby on the side of your call-centre job- how we're told to refrain from exploring further away from the normal life path our of fear of... unpredictability maybe, potential lack of financial security and so on.