“This is our world, although the people who drew this map decided to put their own land on top of ours. There is no top or bottom, you see.” ~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Half of a Yellow Sun”
This series is about the human impulse to name and claim places. A human construct and therefore a "fiction" created within the mind.... as places themselves exist without such constructs. The series title refers to an old map maker's "trick". When maps were drawn by hand, map makers would include a town on their maps that did not exist. They did this as a way of insuring that their maps were not copied by forgers. If a map was a copy (forgery) the non-existent town would be included in the forgery. Since those "towns" only existed on the maps as fictions, they were referred to as "Paper Towns". The works in this series are a sort of "fiction" as well. The map images used in these works are a mechanism to that end.