This work began as an enquiry into the medieval history of Europe and the Treaty of Westphalia that followed the 30 Years War; the innovation that signalled the beginnings of contemporary nationhood. From this starting point the project developed into a broader investigation into a pre-Christian, even prehistoric human instinct to establish sovereignty, boundary and dominion over land, sea and sky—the roots of what was to eventually become our modern system of national identities. How did these ideas come about? What preceded them? How were they conceptualised and why were they aspired to?
This work frames dominion as the establishment of habitable order over chaos. The drive to organise, boundary, defend, compete and coexist. How the mental maps of the ancient landscape eventually became cartographers' lines and how human ambition to rule the kingdoms of sea and sky as well as to tame the wild were conceived.
This series seeks to represent the seminal inspiration of dominion, long before any such thing was realised. To uncover a sense of the ancient emergence of these ideas, long ago.