A multimedia artist working in collage, painting, and book art, Texas based artist Matthew Cusick is best known for his map collages comprised of intricate, warmly colored portraits and landscapes, or even previously his immensely detailed portraits. “Maps have all the properties of a brushstroke: nuance, density, line, movement, and color,” he says. “Their palette is deliberate and symbolic, acting as a cognitive mechanism to help us internalize the external.” These collaged waves are formed from various found maps and placed like a puzzle, simulating the roaring movement of breaking swells, sometimes massive, rising up and crashing down with graceful force, each unique with their own thrilling capacity to draw you inward.
Through Cusick’s cut paper collages, he is able to create a three-dimensional feeling from cartographic two-dimensionality, doing justice to the gigantic proportions of such an overwhelming wave. Matthew Cusick found his way to the wave motif through Japanese art, particularly through one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world: Katsushika Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”.
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