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Love Maps? Love Penn State? This is for you!
This is a fine art giclee print of Monaca, PA which is located outside of Pittsburgh PA. The image is an abstract map of most of the city, including the area where Penn State (Beaver campus) is located. Bright and fun, this archival giclee print would make a great addition to your home!
This map is part of the Commemorative Collection, which I made as a way to celebrate the life of my brother who passed away unexpectedly. Each map in this collection represents a place that was an important milestone in my brother's story. My goal was to create the maps as a way to keep his stories alive, while at the same time invoking stories and memories for other people who spent time in these places. Location is the thing that binds our experiences together- our own experiences from one place to the next, and our combined experiences, sharing space and time with each other.
Jennifer Carland is an artist who works with mixed media to create abstracted versions of aerial views and city maps. The work that she creates is loosely based on real geography and is abstracted so that the shapes, line, and color of the maps are altered to create a unique piece of artwork, showing an artistic representation of a real place.
Jennifer works with a variety of artistic materials and is fascinated by aerial views of the world around her. Each finished piece that she creates is of a map carefully selected for its geographical attributes and visual appeal then altered to create a unique piece of artwork. The finished product is a combination of hand-drawn and digitally altered images with many layers of colors and textures. The focus of her work is on interpreting the lines and shapes of a city map and changing the purpose of a map from utilitarian to conceptual. She intends to make the viewer think about their own place in relation to what is around them and appreciate the beauty in both the built and natural environments.
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