Facets of somerville

Facets of Somerville

Piece description from the artist

Somerville, where I currently live, was the first real place I attempted to draw since developing my technique for imaginary maps. The overall map was drawn while referencing a map of the area with focus on important local hubs. The "areas of interest" were drawn from photographs I took all over the city and composited over the map drawing in Photoshop, above a texture taken from one of my imaginary map drawings. The result is a map of my experience of Somerville.

Other works by Emily Garfield

About Emily Garfield

New York, NY

Emily Garfield creates intricate maps of imaginary places that explore the origins of cities and the function of maps themselves. Her work is inspired by the visual language of maps as well as the fractal similarity that cities share with biological processes such as the patterns of cells and neurons.
Taking inspiration from scientific approaches, Emily Garfield bases her art practice on collaborative discovery as much as individual research, highlighted in ongoing monthly science-art meetups as well as workshops: at Genspace in New York, and at the DeCordova Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum while in Boston, among others. She was the 2014 director of the Somerville Open Studios city-wide arts event, and now lives in New York where she helps to produce the Tribeca Art+Culture Night art festival. Emily Garfield received her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University, where she also studied the aesthetic response through cognitive science.

Time-lapse map drawing video: http://vimeo.com/50571510
7-minute presentation from 2017 on making maps from rules: https://youtu.be/x6yIast7AFo
20-minute presentation from 2020 on inspirations and science connection: https://youtu.be/dtpsDWZg3tA

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