"Vallée Vauban No.3"
I’d been up all night… couldn’t sleep… so I snapped a ‘selfie’ holding my latest artwork produced between late evening and early morning. Excuse the ‘look’ because I’m surprised I could keep my eyes open… which reminds me of a former girlfriend from 40-odd years ago who, the morning after the night before of heavy partying, would say, “Oh…I feel like the Wreck of the Hesperus!" I think I know how she felt!
However, this is another piece just uploaded to Saatchi from a new and ongoing series of works where my primary influence 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. This artwork is on ‘Arches Platine’ cold-pressed paper using Conté crayon for the drawing which was then carefully overlaid with a collage of various ‘angles’ cut from an old French map and a 19th century newspaper, all to represent Vauban’s defensive walls as typically seen around frontier and coastal towns in France. The blue wavy lines indicate a river running through a valley… the red ones suggesting routes between geographical locations.
Images / words © Ed Buziak 2016.
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