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Ingrid Dabringer’s Map Paintings: Finding Whimsy in Geography

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What Manhattan’s biceps have to do with Austrian ballet, bird migrations and flamenco.

As a hopeless lover of maps, creative cartography and, especially, maps as art, I was utterly enchanted by the work of mixed-media visual artist Ingrid Dabringer, who uses acrylic paint to draw — or, more precisely, find — extraordinary, playful characters and vignettes in ordinary maps.

I like to elevate the mundane. The Mundane is so saturated with meaning if we just take an extra second to dwell on it. The Mundane is saturated with symbolism.” ~ Ingrid Dabringer

Manitoulin

New York City Subway

Bird Migration Dame

Bird Migration Dude

Vienna Ballet Countess

Vienna Ballet

Philippines

Ireland and England

OH! Canada

Green Toronto A

Green Toronto B

Flamenco: Middle America

Some of Dabringer’s magnificent map paintings, most certainly on par with The Map as Art, are available on Etsy, or you can contact her directly for originals.

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