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Maze Art: Turning Mazes into Art

UPDATE: Thanks for checking out the mazes! There are 3 pages of mazes and a video below! For more information on my current prejects visit http://www.matthewsmazes.com or http://www.facebook.com/MatthewsMazes 

UPDATE: "Chicago Mazes book" is funding on Kickstarter. Click here to get a copy by backing the project before August 19th! 

   Over the past 4 years, mazes have become a passion of mine. I began drawing them in 2010 as a way to relax while on break at work. Soon after that I began to draw them at home. I began to experiment with the lines and negative space that exist in mazes to see if I could turn them into recognizable images, looking for the simple and subtle patterns in everyday things:  animals, buildings, plants, clothing, people… To my surprise, the entire process of observing nature and drawing mazes became a deeply meditative experience. It was a way to occupy my thoughts and help me unwind. It allowed me to slow myself down to discover the nuances in the world that I might miss at a faster pace. 

    By 2012 I had built up a small network of maze enthusiasts and fellow artists. We were all working with mazes as art, but our approaches were unique to each of us. In 2013, I began working for MindWare, Inc, a toy and game company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We spent a year putting together books which are set to begin being released this month (August 2014). And in 2014, I launched a collaboration with Lily Cole's Impossible.com on a giant maze, as well as a Kickstarter for a Chicago Mazes book. 

    The ways in which maze art continues to open doors and introduce new people into my life is encouraging. My Facebook page alone has connected me with maze fans from so many places around the world:  India, Chile, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Iran, Spain, England, Pakistan, here in the United States, and countless others… It never ceases to amaze me how something as simple as a maze can cross cultural and language borders and bring these people together. 

       Whether Art Mazes continue to grow in popularity or not, I am deeply grateful for the community of artists, enthusiasts, and newcomers it continues to bring together. I hope that you enjoy the artwork in this article, and I invite you to check out more of my work and the work of other maze artists through my site www.matthewsmazes.com. Also, please stop by and say hello on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/matthewsmazes 

Maze Art: Turning Mazes into Art

Maze Art: Turning Mazes into Art

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The Impossible Maze

The Impossible Maze

I am currently working on this maze. It will break the world record for 'largest' hand-drawn maze later this year. It is a collaborative effort with www.impossible.com

Crocodile Maze

Crocodile Maze

One of the mazes from the book coming out this month on MindWare.com

Time-Lapse from the early days

This video was made a couple years ago, when I first began to explore the artform

Sea Turtle Maze

Sea Turtle Maze

Another animal maze from the book coming out this month on MindWare.com

The Cincinnati Maze

The Cincinnati Maze

Tiger Maze

Tiger Maze

One of the many animals I've created into a maze during the past few years.

Flamenco Maze

Flamenco Maze

A maze from the book coming out this month on MindWare.com

Colosseum Maze

Colosseum Maze

Another maze from the book coming out this month on MindWare.com

The Victorian Hallway Maze

The Victorian Hallway Maze

This large maze was an early attempt to put lots of details into an art maze.

Spaghetti Maze

Spaghetti Maze

A still-life. One of the first attempts at creating Art Mazes.

MindWare and Matthew's Mazes first book

MindWare and Matthew's Mazes first book

This book is coming out later this month from MindWare, Inc. (www.mindware.com August 2014). It will include over 20 Art Mazes. A second book will be released shortly after!

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