artistic appreciation: krista charles!

i LOVE these tiny (but mighty) matchbook drawings by new mexico based artist krista charles.

sometimes art does not have to be BIG to be appealing...and these are a perfect example of a small creation that is both engaging and interesting.

krista explains her inspiration on her etsy site:
"I first got started on Matchbook Landscapes with a small collection of old matchbooks my then 90 year old grandfather-in-law Pete had in a plastic baggie in the back of his junk drawer. I salvaged his matchbooks when he was downsizing from the home he lived in for over sixty years, where he and his wife raised their family."

and her process: "For each matchbook I find where the location of the business would be in Google Maps and on the inside cover of the matchbook I make a pencil sketch of whatever is now shown at this location...Sometimes the places advertised on the matchbooks are still in business even after decades have passed, some businesses have changed names and are under new ownership, and some buildings are empty or have been torn down and replaced by new buildings or parking lots or highway expansion programs and even empty fields. The age of the matchbooks I use vary, but all are a unique view into the previous business and the dreams of its owner and how these places and by extension all places and our histories change over time"

view many more here and buy them here!


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