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Maps as a Medium: Art by Mark M. Garrett


A collage and gouache art piece depicting a map covered partially in dark waterSemolina Series, scissor-drawn collage and gouache

Mark M. Garrett, our featured artist today, lives and works in San Francisco, creating collaged works that often take maps as a medium. Sometimes he changes the topography of an existing map, adding swirling cut-out shapes and painting with watercolour or gouache, while at other times he uses maps completely out of context, transforming them into anatomical diagrams and other images.

 

A collage artwork depicting partial human anatomyTrapezius I, cut paper and collage


A screen capture of Mark M Garrett's art websitewww.markmgarrett.com

 

In some of Mark’s earlier works the artist experimented with three-dimensional forms, filling found frames and pieces of furniture with sculptural objects, collages and mixed media artworks. Like the scalpel-cut works of Richard Galpin, Mark uses scissors to physically manipulate his maps, creating strange worlds and scenes from dreams. 

 

I like seeing some of Mark’s drawings in his portfolio, as well. They are something of a departure from his collaged works, smoother and perhaps slightly simpler, but a pleasure to look at all the same. 

 

A drawing of a Eucalyptus treeEucalyptus I


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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