Matthew Cusick is an artist based in Dallax, Texas. He's worked as a painter, but, in recent years, he's been creating these incredible map collages. There's no painting involved -- only the maps themselves, cut into shapes and arranged in layers to create an image. (Be sure to click on the images below to see full-sized reproductions at his site; the detail images are especially amazing!)
In an interview last year at My Modern Met, Cusick explains what drew him to maps as a medium: "Maps have all the properties of a brushstroke: nuance, density, line, movement, and color.... [And] 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." You can see more images at Cusick website, and you'll be able to see the collages in person at New York's Pavel Zoubok Gallery in September. [Via Kottke.]
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