I ran across Mary Nasser's Blog when I was on my maternity leave this winter. I always get super excited when I meet other art bloggers in St. Louis. Anyway, I am a huge fan of her mixed media paintings with maps and directional themes. She blends mixed media painting with thematic text and typography. So today, Mary is sharing a little bit about how maps have contributed to her creative process:
Maps are always the very first layer of my painting. I use maps because I love the way they look – their lines, rhythm, movement and patterns. I’m intrigued that maps are tangible, portable guides to places and that they impart information much like a painting…they translate what is three-dimensional into two dimensions.
To create my art, I layer maps and scientific illustrations. I add thick and colorful layers, then wipe, scratch and scrape to reveal underlying sections. All of my art is inspired by nature, especially landscapes and geology. I am captivated by the idea that geological shifts seem to parallel people’s lives and relationships. They are continually changing, varying, shifting and developing.I know my work will continue to change and evolve, just like the very landscapes that inspire me. My curiosity always gets the best of me, so I keep experimenting by adding additional media and ephemera to my paintings.