Seascape art made from upcycled maps by Matthew Cusick

Art made from upcycled maps by Matthew Cusick

We return to the work of Matthew Cusick, an American artist who has created a visual vocabulary using cut out maps from atlases and books. Previously we featured some of his portraits and cityscapes, also made from upcycled maps.

Another subject favoured by Cusick is the depiction of dramatic waves inspired by Japanese motifs, usually carved from oceanic charts. Stephan Reisner says of his work:

“Maps impress him with their colours, forms and designs. For him they are the perfect working material as they directly transport him into a breathless, unexplored representational territory.”

Pictured above is Genevieve’s Wave (2014).

Art made from upcycled maps by Matthew Cusick

Genevieve’s Wave (2014) detail

Art made from upcycled maps by Matthew Cusick

Kayli’s Wave

Images via Matthew Cusick

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).

2 Replies to “Seascape art made from upcycled maps by Matthew Cusick

  1. Dear Sis,

    I would appreciate it if you could point me to where or whom I must contact to acquire Matthew Cusick’s work.

    I thank you in advance for your attention.

    Regards,

    Rodrigo Lobo

    1. You can check out his website (mattcusick.com) or go through Lumas Gallery (lumas.com) !

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