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Owings Mills (Baltimore), Maryland, USA
FACTORY (series of GIANT SKETCHES) represents the outer belts of our living world: power plants, oil containers and factories. Revealing the apparently hidden, I use corrugated cardboard to tear and peel layers of paper, unveiling the corrugations, which are incorporated with the texture of my composition of motifs. Partly disrupted, the external shape of the cardboard sheet reflects the theme of demolished or abandoned places, crumbling factories, ruined construction sites or smoldering chimneys blasting dust and smoke, blurring a blue sky. When I moved to the United States in 2002, I observed an excess of industrial areas and wastelands of urban life surrounding major city centers. Although such scenes are not usually considered beautiful or full of artistic merit, they became an artistic focus of mine. At the same time, the emergence of the first signs of a crumbling economy, such as closing plants, inspired motifs like those present in FACTORY. My use of corrugated cardboard, partly disrupted, reflects themes of forsaken places and ruined development and specifically emphasizes the crumbling architecture of industrial constructions. The aesthetics of rawness or roughness from the cardboard itself – an important indicator of our economy – produced the certain bleakness of urbanity I was investigating. Larger formats allowed me to treat the material, to paint and shape the work physically to reveal textures of ridges, cuts, demolition and tears. With these methods, I created a relentless, nearly brutal face of what surrounds us.
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