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Artist Depicts Roaring Movement of Waves Through Beautiful Map Collages

Matthew Cusick Depicts Roaring Movement of Waves Through Map Collages - Mylan's Wave

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.

Map Collage of ‘Geronimo’ by Matthew Cusick

'Geronimo' happened to be one of my favorite collaged map pieces from from Matthew Cusick. Upon first glance from a distance, I was immediately struck by powerfulness of this piece and then realized upon having a closer look how impeccably detailed it is. As you can see below, Matthew has used various maps and atlases cut and reshaped to form these simply refined portraits which are all created on wood.