Piece description from the artist
Somerville is located north of Cambridge, resting between Charlestown and Medford. It is known for its lively arts culture, and its multicultural influences. This image shows the entire city of Somerville, with Sullivan Square in the bottom right corner, where Somerville and Charlestown connect. The Mystic River runs diagonal across the top right corner, separating Somerville from Medford. The large rotary on the top right side of the image is where Wellington train station is located. Towards the top left hand side, you can see the Powderhouse Circle and Tufts University is at the very top left. Union Square is at bottom center, with the Harvard Botanic Gardens to the left.
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.