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I love the exploration of the beauty of maps through art.  Artist Shannon Rankin turns cut map pieces into artwork with her series Uncharted.  Rankin explains her inspiration:

I create installations, collages and drawings that use the language of maps to explore the connections among geological and biological processes, patterns in nature, geometry and anatomy.

Using a variety of distinct styles I intricately cut, score, wrinkle, layer, fold, paint and pin maps to produce revised versions that often become more like the terrains they represent.

These new geographies explore notions of place, perception and experience, suggesting the potential for a broader landscape and inviting viewers to examine their relationships with each other and the world we share.

Drift by Shannon Rankin
Drift 2009 cut map on paper 20″ x 20″ – Shannon Rankin

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