A series of small and larger scale works on paper. Black indelible felt pens, black acrylic paint, occasional drawing pencils, watercolor paper. March 2020 to the present.


I started working on the Drawing Collages just as the world came to a halt at the beginning of the quarantine. Aware as I was of what was going on here and around the world, I chose not to get caught up in a turmoil of draining emotions. I plunged myself into my work, undertaking a very simple routine as necessary and primary as breathing. I would eat, sleep, take walks and work. I had long craved to just do this. Small pieces of watercolor paper, black felt pens, black acrylic paint, few brushes and glue were my selected set of supplies. It was them, me and fragments of old drawings.


My work is not preconceived. I articulate images as I am working on them. In the case of collage, it is usually a fragment of an image I choose that generates in me the need to articulate another image. In a state of focus, a little piece of paper with a mark — energy —, invites me to embark in an inner and outer dialogue of sorts. It is a journey in which I connect with  that which I am making manifest. Every move is a decision. It can take hours and sometimes days or even weeks of continuous or interrupted sessions to solve the work.


Elements, Landscapes, Maps and towns, Megalithic spaces, Medieval cities, Notes and letters, Still Lives, Travels these are the names of the Drawing Collage series I created. Or as a friend called them, a taxonomy of the line. My Drawing Collage pieces are encounters, re-readings of much loved places, spaces, works of art and themes.


My work consists of poetic evocations of nature and culture, usually made up by deconstructions and layers. My work is a conversation with everything that I have seen, what I live and experience.


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