Paper maps aren't as common as they used to be, since the advent of various apps and GPS systems we find ourselves relying on more and more during our travels. While this may be the case, artist Ed Fairburn appreciates the craft of cartography and is working to repurpose physical maps as he expands his portfolio. Fairburn combines landscapes with the human figure by expressively exercising his eye for detail and appreciation for natural beauty. “The idea of harmonizing a portrait with a map suggests that we are a product of the landscape,” the creative explains.
The artist draws portraits directly on his workspace featuring maps of various places and spaces. While the specific locations are interesting to observe, Fairburn's end product doesn't typically relate to the setting he draws upon. He instead focuses on the curves, lines, and topography of the canvas before him, leaving viewers to wonder where the land ends and human begins.
To hear what the artist has to say about his work, check out this video:
My Modern Met granted permission to use images by Ed Fairburn.