Maps as a Medium: Art by Mark M. Garrett
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.
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.