Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Paula Scher's Maps

Graphic Designer Paula Scher's new book Maps
covers her cartographic artwork from the late
1990's to present. She calls her large paintings
"distortions of reality" as they comment on the
world of information overload in a deeply personal
way. When Scher started painting her maps she
created them through her own altered lens,
understanding that inconsistencies were a part
of everyday life. Scher's colourful, multilayered
paintings present familiar geography in vibrant,
thoughtful new ways. As well as being visually
stunning, each map is also filled with information.
One titled "International Air Routes" includes airline
hubs, flight routes, airline names and time zones,
while another called "World Trade" outlines ports,
trade routes and currencies. Scher takes the reader
on a virtual world tour with a twist and her paintings
compel us to take a look at the idea of truth within
our own reality in the process.

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