Charlotte, NC-based artist Karen O’Leary reimagines the map as an exchange of negative and positive space. Deftly cutting maps of New York, Paris and London with razor precision, she leaves delicate webs of streets as land and water are cut away. Negative space demarcates land, while meandering grids of paper represents streets. In a recent interview with The Jailbreak, O’Leary said of her work, “I love the idea of a completely familiar object made new and even more beautiful.”
I have always been fascinated by maps, and these lacy depictions of real places showing just the roads are captivating to look at.