by Kerby Rosanes . November 28th, 2012
Hello creatives! The last time we saw something awesome in terms of unusual art mediums was the feature about Ian Berry’s denim artworks. Today, we bring you another amazing artist and his extra ordinary talent in making art pieces out of another uncommon medium – recycled maps.
New York based artist, Matthew Cusick has made a name in the art industry by creating intricate artistic representations of humans, animals, and water and landforms made out of carefully crafted pages of recycled maps, atlases, encyclopedias and school textbooks. His map collages are made by meticulously crafting sliced pieces of maps from various old cartographic sources into more lively and familiar forms.
“Blue Horse” | 2011 | Inlaid maps on panel
Artist Matthew Cusick via thinkoutsidetheboxtoday.com
Matthew’s map works have gained massive popularity around the world and have been held in numerous collections including the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and the Progressive Art Collection. The world has seen his works in various solo and group exhibitions and publications. Lets take a closer look at some of his amazing works in the collection below.
“Oceania” | 2012 | Inlaid maps, acrylic on panel
“The Rachel’s Wave” | 2011 | Inlaid maps, acrylic on panel
“Amazonia” | 2012 | Inlaid maps, travel magazines on panel
“The Mind Is Its Own Place” | 2012 | Inlaid maps, engravings, dye, ink on panel
“Jezebel” | 2012 | Inlaid maps on panel
“Shauna” | 2011 | Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel
“Of All This World At Once” | 2012 | Inlaid maps, acrylic, on panel
“Leni” | 2012 | Inlaid maps, acrylic, dye, on panel
“Mylan’s Wave” | 2012 | Inlaid maps, acrylic on panel
“Fiona’s Wave” | 2005 | Inlaid maps on panel
“Many Rivers” | 2009 | Inlaid maps, acrylic on panel
“Geronimo” | 2007 | Inlaid maps on panel
“Chasing the Dragon” | 2006 | Inlaid maps, acrylic on panel
“Charlie’s Angels” | 2009 | Inlaid maps, book pages, ink, Folgers coffee on panel
“Red & Blue” | 2010 | Inlaid maps, book pages, ink on panel
“Malvo” | 2011 | Maps, sighting targets, ink, dye, on panel
“Transamerica” | 2004 | Inlaid maps on panel
“Bonnie” | 2004 | Inlaid maps on panel
“Patriarch” (original) | 2006 | Inlaid maps on panel
Tell us your thoughts about the amazing map collages of Matthew Cusick as well as your suggestions by commenting below. Stay awesome everyone!
Kerby is an online marketer who has a keen eye in print design and creative artworks. When not at work, he spends most of his time in completing his sketchbooks with doodles and illustrations from anything that inspires him to draw. He is an avid fan of Japanese Anime, manga and some comic book characters. Check out his illustration blog and portfolio for more info.