“A TALE OF TWELVE CITIES”
I have been working on a project entitled Cities of Lost memory for a couple of months. It is a series of 12 cities drawn in Indian ink, in wide format (42 x 59.4 cm). I love drawing in pencil and often try to render my favourite ancient sculpture, but here the deep and crisp black against the white of the paper really tells another story.
Each drawing is different for it tells a different tale from the next. I try to mingle ancient art and contemporary buildings or sometimes more recent pasts. As an historian I constantly face the absurd recycling of events throughout history, but what is worse is that people seem to take less and less time to think and therefore take no heed of history’s warnings.
I decided to use my limited art skills to express this historical conundrum and focused on bringing out an aspect of a city that speaks to me, forgotten or about to be forgotten events.