Geraldine Lau, known for her giant vinyl maps, has created a new installation for each venue of “One Way or Another.” For the Honolulu Academy of Arts she chose the Big Island. “I researched 1930s U.S. Geographical Survey maps,” says Lau with a smile behind her sleek curtain of hair. At this very moment she is peeling vinyl from its backing and carefully placing it on a wall in the Henry R. Luce Gallery, “like a jigsaw puzzle,” she says.

According to the exhibition catalog, “generally she begins a project by selecting elements from several topographical maps of a selected subject. She then reconfigures landmarks and elevations in temporary site-specific, large-scale, process-oriented drawings fashioned from vinyl, tape, and glue—supplies that are commonly used in signage and design industries.”

Born in Singapore in 1970, Lau now lives and works in New York, where she completed her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in 1997.