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Aorta Isles (Cityspace #210)

Aorta Isles (Cityspace #210)

Piece description from the artist

I started this imaginary map drawing by outlining a shore shape with islands and thin bridges in water-soluble pencil on watercolor paper. I then drew the pigment out using watercolor wash to form the watery texture, which is a process in itself; with such a big work, the water dries as I go, and I have to be clever to avoid hard edges. I drew in roads, blocks and houses within the land masses, following the pattern I've been perfecting over the years (a combination of drawing from the material and anticipating the aesthetic result). I used only water-soluble pencil and drew the pigment out with a wet brush to make the color in each block. That means that the smaller blocks are darker, and the larger blocks are lighter. This balance between aesthetic direction and materiality is a constant throughout most of my work.

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24.0" x 18.0"
Water-soluble pencil

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