- Purchased, 1999
- Chocolate wrapping paper and pins
- 2035 x 2129 x 115mm
Ruth Watson’s heart-shaped map of the world is centred on the South Pole rather than the North, subverting the Eurocentric bias that usually operates in depictions of the globe. Known as a ‘cordiform projection’, the heart-shaped map has been drawn since about 1500 and is usually associated with ideas of harmony and peace across the globe. Watson’s map is made with gold chocolate wrappers – chocolate is a traditional gift of love, but was also a colonial plantation crop. Take Heart is a critique of the colonial project and an exhortation to see the world differently.
(Te Wheke, 2020)