Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Since I have been doing a map a day as my art project for 2018, I'm on the lookout for ideas that I can try out. So I was intrigued to come across three different artists in the last couple of weeks who have used maps in their work.
She pasted a map onto a wood panel, covered it with semi-opaque paint, then added the big at sign as a gel transfer over the top. What's not to love -- wood panel, map, typographical character!
Bottom layer: a topographical map of Wyoming. Middle layer: a drawing of the jawbone of a badger (Meles meles) that Kristina found while walking in the woods in England. Top layer: a map of the English town where she was living at the time, including the route she took when she found the bone, drawn on vellum.
I liked the translucency of the vellum, and especially the concept of layered maps of different scales, different mediums, different colors and different places.
Kayla Bischoff, Synapse Map 3
Again, a wood panel, papered with bits of maps -- all cut from the Rand McNally Road Atlas, but from different states and places. Top layer: a network connecting nodes of brain activity or maybe other neuron bundles, its map-like qualities echoing the underlying road maps.
It's true that once you start looking for something, you're likely to find it everywhere. Since I've been watching for maps, I'm seeing them! I'm not one to steal visual images but I am happy to try on other people's concepts for size. I'm intrigued by the layered maps, by the small map sections abutting one another, by the overlay of (other) symbols on top of the total-symbol map. I had already started exploring some of these concepts before I saw the other people's artwork, but maybe I'll add some borrowed ingredients to my daily art going forward. I'll show you what I come up with!