Watching a Line of Ants


2018




A period of five months living and studying in India, motivated this series of illustrations on paper and fabric, together with the book Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India, by Roberto Calasso, which narrates some of the religious tales that are part of Indian culture and tradition.  
Through an experimental approach to textiles, I navigated ways of translating painted illustration onto fabric, letting the story behind dictate the choice of materials, textures and techniques (from screen print and/or inkjet print to embroidery and collaging with wood and plastic).
The outcome merges elements of my daily life in India with memories from home and Indian folklore.  







(1) Girl’s Hostel II, 2018
Gouache and pencil on paper
29,7 x 42 cm


(2) Pants, 2018
Screen-print on cotton fabric (double-sided)








(3) Dress I, 2018
Screen-print on cotton fabric (double-sided)
29,7 x 42 cm


(4) Girl’s Hostel I, 2018
Gouache and pencil on paper
42 x 29,7








Trash Mountain, 2018
Gouache and pencil on found paper





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Ideas for a book, 2018
Gouache and pencil on artisanal paper
42 x 21 cm each








Men, 2018
Gouache, pencil and collage on paper
38 x 20 cm






Watching a Line of Ants (detail), 2018
Inkjet print and screen print on cotton fabric
21 x 21 cm






(5) Dress II, 2018
Screen print on linen fabric (double-sided)


(6) Fig tree, 2018
Gouache on artisanal paper
42 x 29,7 cm




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Watching a Line of Ants (details), 2018
Inkjet print on cotton fabric; embroidery and collage
45 x 45 cm approx.





(7) Girl watching ants, 2018
Gouache on artisanal paper
29,7 x 42 cm


(8) Watching a Line of Ants (detail), 2018
Screen print on linen fabric; collage with wood; embroidery
45 x 45 cm

(9) Watching a Line of Ants (detail), 2018
Inkjet print and screen print on cotton fabric; fabric pens
21 x 21 cm approx.


(10) Fishing, 2018
Gouache on artisanal paper
29,7 x 42 cm


(11) Watching a Line of Ants (detail), 2018
Inkjet print and screen print on wool fabric and silk
45 x 45 cm approx.




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(12) Watching a Line of Ants (detail), 2018
Inkjet print and screen print on wool fabric and silk
45 x 45 cm approx


(13) Building, 2018
Gouache and pencil on artisanal paper
42 x 29,7 cm







(14) Watching a Line of Ants, 2018
Gouache and pencil and tea on paper
80 x 185 cm 


(15) Watching a Line of Ants (detail), 2018
Inkjet print and screen print on cotton fabric; fabric pens
21 x 21 cm










Watching a Line of Ants (detail), 2018
Inkjet print, screen print and collage on cotton fabric and silk
45 x 45 cm (bottom); 21 x 21 cm (top)

Mark
        

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