Susan Osgood
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about travels with idrisi:

In 2008, looking at a copy of the map of the Middle East that Mohamed al Idrisi created in the 1100ís, I found it to be a wonderfully enigmatic abstraction, sparking my interest in the concept of mapping and the absolute grace and beauty of line.

The Maps series came first and then the room-sized Travels with Idrisi. Ironically, while working on this, I heard a piece about our growing reliance on the global positioning system and how we are becoming a culture less able to read maps or visualize the geography around us.


Based on The Nine Maps of Grand Idrisi (1154) consisting of the map of Egypt, Abyssinia, the Red Sea, the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf, which, in its time, was considered accurate for some 300 years.