"Vauban Confused No.2"
I've finally finished - and uploaded to Saatchi to sell - this 75 x 115 cms acrylics on canvas piece... one of a new and ongoing series of works where again my primary influence with this series is from the old fortification plans of Maréchal Vauban (1633-1707), the French general and engineer who planned the defences of some 160 strategic towns and coastal sites in France, plus more in other countries.
Here I have created a deliberately confusing interpretation of one of his basic ideas and turned his “impregnable fortress” design features into a confusing set of walls and passages… as in a maze without a safe and sure direction of progress. If Vauban's works were ever to be breached and destroyed they may have looked shattered, like this, from above.
I didn't show the initial 'groundwork' in my post a couple of days ago... so to reveal a little more, I used black cotton thread looped around drawing pins randomly placed around the edges of the stretched canvas and used a stick template at many interesctions of the threads to create my angles, which were later painted after the threads were removed... this saved marking the primed canvas with hundreds of lines which would have had to be carefully erased and probably retouched with primer afterwards.
Image / words © Ed Buziak 2016.
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