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Matthew Cusick's Map Art

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Impressive collages made entirely from bits and pieces of various maps. No painting done on top of the maps, though some minimal inking to bring out certain contrasts. I’m struck by the tones and the obvious deliberation that went into the placement. There’s also something intriguing about deconstructing the geographies of maps to create new visuals.

Matthew Cusick, the artist, in an interview with My Modern Met

I found that maps have all the properties of a brushstroke: nuance, density, line, movement, and color. Their palette is deliberate and symbolic, acting as a cognitive mechanism to help us internalize the external. And furthermore, since each map fragment is an index of a specific place and time, I could combine fragments from different maps and construct geographical timelines within my paintings.

I never paint on the maps. I let the maps be themselves and they establish the palette for me. Sometimes there will be an underpainting that is revealed when I scrape off maps that aren’t working. These areas are never planned though, just happy accidents. I do often paint the sky of a composition a single flat color.

If I need to manipulate the values of the maps in order to achieve richer darks, I use ink, mostly walnut ink that I make myself. This way I am not really adding a new medium to the map, only increasing one that is already there—the ink.

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