Nina Katchadourian: Geographic Art

Nina Katchadourian is a multimedia artist who works with video, sound, photography, paper and sculpture forms. One of the subjects that she explores often in her artwork is geography and maps. Take a look at some of the cool stuff she has done: shredded paper maps of actual roadway networks or subway systems; geographic pathologies and moss maps, discovered from actual lichen growing on granite in Finland.

I’m a big fan of the use of maps and travel themes in artistic statements, so I now count myself as one of Katchadourian’s newest fans. This segment of her work portrays visual disordering or dissecting of her surroundings — her own personal spin on geography and the world. A new monograph, All Forms of Attraction, showcases a variety of her work over the years. Her Airplane Family Tree and Paranormal Postcards are other examples of travel-inspired collections:

Be sure to poke around Katchadourian’s cleverly designed website — there’s lots of interesting and inspiring things to see, especially for artsy travel lovin’ folks. Her next public exhibit focuses on another subject dear to my heart — books! What We Keep: An Exhibition on Books and Memory opens August 3 at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Idaho.