Artist Nikki Rosato has taken road maps, cut out the land-masses, and created two and three dimensional portraits. The intricacy of Rosato’s work mimics the complex interconnections found in our anatomical systems. Neural networks, the veins and arteries in our circulatory system, gross anatomy – are all suggested in her pieces. Rosato also uses the roadways from the cut maps to shed light on issues about our inter-connectedness between one another.
For this stunning body of work, called “Cut Map,” Boston-based Rosato says:
Our physical bodies are beautiful structures full of detail, and they hold the stories that haunt and mold our lives. The lines on a road map are beautifully similar to the lines that cover the surface of the human body.
In my most recent work involving maps, as I remove the landmasses from the silhouetted individuals I am further removing the figure’s identity, and what remains is a delicate skin-like structure. Through this process, specific individuals become ambiguous and hauntingly ghost-like, similar to the memories they represent.
Nikki Rosato is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. To see more of this young artist’s work, check out her website.