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Wander + Wonder World Maps by Charlotte Bassin


Have you ever stopped to think about the difference between wondering and asking a question? The difference between wandering and going somewhere?

Wondering doesn’t require an answer, where as a question does. Wandering has no destination, where going somewhere does. We live our lives always needing to know and wanting to go. We lose touch with our sense of spontaneity leaving little room for the magic that comes from serendipity. Why not take some time to stop, relax, ponder, wander, wonder.

It is this concept that inspired this series of artistic maps. Before beginning this project over a decade ago, I spent 10 years wandering around the world. I visited and/or lived in all but one of the seven continents (Antarctica is still on my list, though!). Travel provided me with a sense of adventure and freedom. It allowed me to open my eyes to other cultures and to experience some of the most beautiful places on this planet. There came a point, though, when I found myself wanting to settle down… to fall in love and stay in love forever… and to stay in one place for a while. Now, I call Colorado home — and although my husband, daughters and I continue taking trips to foreign countries — I am no longer the vagabond that I once was. Still though, deep down inside, there will always be this wanderlust that keeps me curious about the world… and that is the driving force behind these maps. Every hour that I spend drawing or painting, I also spend lost in that area of the map – reminiscing about past travels or dreaming of places I have yet to see; thinking of friends who live oceans away; and experiencing a whole new world of creativity.

My world maps can bring you similar pleasure, but more importantly… they can inspire you to wander + wonder.


ARTIST CV
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EDUCATION
2000 BA in Fine Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
1998 Semester Abroad with a focus on Art History, Universita per Stranieri, Siena, Italy

SOLO EXHIBITION
2017 Featured Artist, Block 7 Arts, Belmar, CO

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 Athena Project Group Exhibition, Lakewood, CO (forthcoming)
2018 Open Studio Group Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO (forthcoming)
2018 Athena Project's Cross Pollinations, Swallow Hill, Denver, CO
2018 Members' Show, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
2017 Holiday Gallery Takeover, Julie Havel Gallery, Belmar, CO

JURIED EXHIBITION
2017 Tenant Art Exhibit, Arts Brookfield, Repbulic Plaza, Denver, CO, Best of Show

HONORS AND AWARDS
2017 Best of Show, Arts Brookfield, Denver, CO

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
2017 - Present Athena Project, Board Member/ Art Director/ Photographer, Denver, CO

MEMBERSHIPS
2017 - Present Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO

COLLECTIONS
Private Collection, London, UK
Private Collection, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Private Collection, Denver, CO
Private Collection, Seattle, WA
Private Collection, San Francisco, CA


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Have you taken a trip around the world and want to commemorate your journey with a piece of art? Would a world map look great in your office or be the perfect touch for your child's room?

I work with a variety of media, from traditional mediums (paint, ink, charcoal) to elements of nature (flowers, rocks, sticks, wood) as well as recycled materials. Many of my maps reproduce well as prints, others are one of a kind 3-dimensional pieces. I have done commissioned work that was created for a special purpose or person in mind. I love working with people to create that perfect work of art and welcome all creative ideas. Contact me or visit my shop on Etsy.

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