Puzzles: SJL's Map of Prague

This Is a Life Worth Living puzzle

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I began painting “SJL’s Map of Prague” this past winter. Several years prior, while teaching animation at Wellesley, I sublet a small apartment in Brighton, MA. This apartment had no tables or desks, so I turned the owner’s kitchen cutting board into a drawing space. I made a tiny India ink drawing of a map and carried it with me through several more temporary living spaces until I finally had a wall big enough to expand the image. It began with a strange map.

Eventually the rather minimalist image became more maximalist. I couldn’t figure out the orientation. Which way was up? Seemed like a metaphor for my life.

At that point, I had started helping out my former art professor Walter Feldman in his studio. I showed him the painting and he asked, What’s with all that white space? why is that deckled edge so precious to you? I think he meant, Paint that edge! My neighbor, artist Jane Andreozzi, suggested I cut it. A brilliant idea...but maybe not so great for puzzle production, this organic edge - until I myself learn how to use a jigsaw blade. So, you have a puzzle with a white border and the painting reverts back to an image with a white border! The tyranny of the rectangle continues...

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24 piece version

24 piece Map of Prague puzzle

© Sarah Jane Lapp, 2019