A compilation of drawings with the theme of architecture and structure. One by one, the illustrations show strong curiosity and sentiment towards human-built settlements as well as explore a wide spectrum of ideas. The range of concepts explored starts with a search of a reason for inner cultural conflict, touches on familiar spaces and ends with a hypothesis of human settlements on Mars.
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This five drawings series is a playful architectural exploration of the idea of future human settlements on Mars. These were created on vintage paper, using ink and markers, as well as small digital touchups. Fascinated with the concept of starting a civilization on a different planet with the knowledge we already have, I've tried to imagine a retro-future of how towns might look in the new environment. The buildings are inspired by traditional NeoRomanian architecture with added technology debris. The hypothetical settlements are based on the premise of a more accessible future environment of the Red Planet and a better relation to Earth (such as shorter travel time between the two and a more welcoming Martian atmosphere). This series was inspired by the book 'The Martian' by Andy Weir.
An architectural representation of Romania using the national flag colours: blue, yellow and red. Working with ink, watercolour, markers and coloured pencils, the rickety representation of the castle alludes to the unreliable cultural position of the country. The work was made as a response after a short trip to the motherland and through the lens of someone adopting a new culture, the old one crumpling away.
A landscape is drawn in "plein air" on a cold day from the South Bank Centre overlooking towards the north side of the Thames. The murky sky and grey buildings are typical of London. Made with ink and markers on paper.
It's not Times Square, Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty that makes New York a cultural hive. It's about the people within, the hidden places and the mundane extraordinary such as a regular street in Williamsburg. Captured from a table where computers aren't allowed on a Sunday, in a busy cafe surrounded by a buzzing display of people and personalities this drawing illustrates the fragility of the everyday. The variety of human traces in every window compensates the lack of figures, painting the feeling of a still-warm mangled bed - someone was here, just a second ago.
Meant as a present for fellow and writer Cristina Chira, this drawing was based on her stories and adventures as a white woman in Uganda. Looking closely to the picture, she is represented in the village along with other characters she mentions in her tales. One of the things that stood out to her was the red soil of the country which seemed strange for a European and gave the palette for this representation.