I love artworks, which are influenced by maps or the city itself. For this reason, I already wrote some articles about this part of contemporary art – remind the Manhattan Skyline Drawing by Stephen Wiltshire or the fantastic typographic lino-cut by Mark Andrew Webber. Today I will present another great example:
Whether New York, Paris or London, American artist Karen O’Leary’s map cuts are amazing! She hand-cuts parts of original maps into paper and reveals in this way the paths, nodes, circles, boulevards, parks and streets of some of the greatest cities in the world.
Karen begun with Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, afterwards she cut Paris and recently Great Britain’s capital, London.
For me, these paper artworks look like spiderwebs and seem to be violative, or better instable. This is a heavy difference to people’s feeling of urbanity, which usually is characterized by strength and stability. I like the map cuts – Thumb up!