Piece description from the artist
PORTLAND, OREGON- This is an abstract map of Portland- Shows the central downtown area, along the Williamette River in between University Park (at the top) and Sellwood-Moreland (at the bottom). Includes all of the neighborhoods West of Rt. 213, including downtown Portland, Goose Hollow, Pearl District, Northwest District, Irvington, Grant Park, HUYmboldt, Woodlawn, Alberta, Concordia, Laurelhurst, East Portland, Sunnyside, Richmond, and Woodstock. Parts of the Portland Japanese Garden and Marquam Nature Park are shown on the left side. The cycling routes are indicated by a teal green color.
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.