Hand cut web of streets
Artist Karen O’Leary depicts the city with intricate hand-cut webs of positive and negative space. The network of streets are left as lines, while water and land are cut away to leave the irregular shapes.
She traces the graphic maps of cities, transferring to a heavy weight water colour paper. She sells these maps on her Et.sy site, Studio K.
“I love the idea of a completely familiar object made new and even more beautiful. I was tired of seeing the Manhattan subway map and decided to create a new image. I’m not really creating a map, it’s more of a graphic image borrowed from a map.” - Karen O’Leary