Ballpoint Pen on Cardboard, 14,8 x 10,5 cm, October 2019
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”This drawing is the fruit of natural observation towards the marine landscape from my home in Genoa, northern Italy, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The drawing is part of my Biroscape series, number 245. All Biroscapes are small windows that open onto possible worlds, both real and unreal. When viewed live, the small size forces the viewer to get very close to the work. It is like seeing from a small hole in a wall and observing the immensity of the sea, or other space. I think this is very important because, in addition to the subject represented, I think it is necessary to perceive the technique with which it is represented. The size of a design is not important, in my opinion; the dimension is perceived by the viewer from within the drawing itself, whatever its size. The horizon in my landscapes tends to be low because it allows the perception of a deep, distant, broad horizon. Height and length are measures that cannot be changed on a small cardboard, the only size that can vary is the depth. This type of subject allows the artist to take full advantage of that peculiarity.
The type of board I use is very smooth and allows me to just touch the surface and get the shade I want. I use a classic black Bic Crystal pen with a 1mm thick tip. The variation of pressure on the pen or its angle determine completely different results that I try to make the most of with interesting solutions. When drawing with a light pressure and obtaining a soft shade you have to remember to pause to clean the tip of the pen to avoid smudging, so I pass it on a sheet of paper two or three times per minute to guarantee cleanliness. The slightest stain on such a small surface would compromise the whole mood”・