Elisa Schmidt infuses maps with artistic memories
If you’re unfamiliar with topography, it is, simply put, the art or science of making maps that illustrate the height or shape of a particular expanse of land. Artist Elisa Schmidt has attempted something similar with her latest works. But rather than give the viewer an idea of the lay the land, she is, through her own artistic implementations, actually showing you a memory of it.
The show features a collection of nautical maps and atlases which Schmidt has altered. Illustrated on the maps are scenes that Schmidt has pulled from various photographs she has taken, which relate to the maps she has illustrated them on. The illustrations were created using a variety of mediums, such as charcoal, watercolor pencils, drawing inks and even one piece solely in acrylics. Schmidt had some reservations with her choice of mediums and the way they’d react to the map paper but was pleasantly surprised in the end.
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