Piece description from the artist
This piece is of Salem, MA. I had numerous requests for a map of the Salem area over the past few months, so I am happy to finally have this one completed! It shows most of the Salem region, and I wanted to be sure to include parts of the campus of Salem State University as well. This one was completed in a loose style, with some blended lines and colors. I wanted to use red and pink to represent the vitality that Salem has- it is a small city, but has a strong presence.
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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