After seeing the collage masterpieces made by New York-based artist Matthew Cusick, I bet you'll never look at maps the same way again!
While intrepid wanderers and city slickers think of maps as valuable travel companions, more and more resourceful artists seem to be exploring the idea of using them to make impressive artworks with. In the past, we’ve told you about Claire Brewster and her beautiful papercut maps of plants and birds and Ed Fairburn and his stunning map portraits. Joining the roster of these artists is Matthew Cusick from New York, who makes map collages that are simply impressive.
One look and it’s easy to see how each piece was painstakingly put together using bits, pieces, segments of many different maps. Some of the artworks, like the “wave” pieces, almost seem like they were painted, with just little hints of the texts and lines. I particularly like how the artist used the colors of the maps to “paint” different hues, represent details, and create depth. In other works, particularly the portraits, the texts and lines are more prominent, serving as interesting patterns and textures that add character to the whole piece.
I urge you to head to Matthew Cusick’s website to see more of these amazing map collages!