Nikki Rosato creates amazing three-dimensional human portraits from incised road maps:


“Two Bostons” by Nikki Rosato, courtesy

Her work brings to mind an article in ARTNews not too long ago:

A map’s beauty lies in its limits, in its ability to focus attention, to shape perception. A good map stimulates the imaginations of users who invent road trips, battles, and love stories as they follow the long spindly highway lines and pools of blue water. “The map represents something that is ungraphable or unknowable for all of us—you can never understand a whole continent or place,” says [Connie Butler, Museum of Modern Art drawings curator].

–“Remaking the Map,” by Carly Berwick, ARTNews, October 2010.