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Discovery Collection > Construction detail number 2

From the series “Construction details”, pencil and watercolors on paper, 30 x 21 cm.

In architectural drawings some conventional symbols are used to represent the various parts of the design or construction. For example, a red pattern can be adopted to highlight a sectioned wall, a wavy line can represent the thermic insulation, a double line with an internal hatch means a waterproofing membrane, and so on. I tried to carry these symbols on organic forms, mixing the two languages. The architectural symbol drags behind part of the original meaning. In his new capacity will evoke the idea of a protective skin, a shell, an inner layer of fat.

Federico Cortese

I was born in 1971 in Turin, Italy, where I live and work as an artist. Since I can remember I have always drawn. My preferred techniques are classic oil on canvas paintings, and pencil drawings. I’m like a mouse in its box. A little mouse safe in its shelter, that passes his time gnawing the food stored for the winter. But my food are the drawings. I work within my home. My studio is a room of the house ...

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