Thank you to Claire Putney for introducing us to the work of Matthew Cusick.
“Cusick uses atlases for his powerful collages, uniting pieces of the landscape that are actually quite far apart to create his own new world. Armed with scissors and a craft knife, the artist playfully rearranges the fundamental organization of modern society.” – Claire Putney
“Maps provided so much potential, so many layers. I put away my brushes and decided to see where the maps would take me.” – Matthew Cusick
“I think collage is a medium perfectly suited to the complexities of our time. It speaks to a society that is over-saturated with disparate visual information. It attempts to put order to the clutter and to make something permanent from the waste of the temporary. A collage is a time capsule; it preserves the ephemera of the past. It reconstitutes things that have been discarded. A collage must rely on a kind of alchemy; it must combine ordinary elements into something extraordinary.” – Cusick