Cynthia Nawalinski



I cut, erase, draw, and paint on maps, adding a new layer of information to the map. The shapes and patterns I use are taken from the map or derived from the landscape: waves, mud cracks, leaf cell patterns, and tree bark.

When looking at a map, we look for clues to the map's location, a place, name, or geological feature we recognize. My work disrupts this process by obliterating or obscuring information. Pierced patterns expose the fiction inherent in using a two dimentional sheet of paper to represent a three dimensional landscape. By emphasizing aesthetic qualities of the map and obliterating or suppressing it's functional qualities, I transform it from a scientific document to an aesthetic object.