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Krista Charles  Albuquerque, NM

'Circa 1900'
Graphite drawings on matchbook
'T-lok Vinyl is Final'
Graphite drawings on matchbook

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About Krista


Krista Charles earned BAs in Architectural Studies, German Language and Literature, as well as an MFA in 3D design from University of New Mexico.

Her Matchbook Landscapes project started with a handful of promotional old matchbooks inherited from her grandfather-in-law. Charles first finds the origin of each matchbook on Google Maps and then makes a pencil sketch depicting this location on the inside cover of the matchbook.

These drawings takes about two hours to complete. Sometimes the places advertised on the matchbooks are still in business even after decades have passed, others are under new ownership and names, and others still have been torn down and replaced by parking lots or highway expansion programs.

She is drawn to matchbooks as a subject and canvas because while they were once commonly distribute to promote a business, they are now vintage items rarely seen except for in antique stores and junk drawers.


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OMG that looks so good better then my ART :)

very detailed, specific, nice


this is aweosme

really cool

Love it.

I like the thoughtful color choice. The green matches go very well with the gray drawing.

awesome idea to turn a simple matchbook into art

i like your stuff...it is new

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