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Collage: Paper, Paint on Canvas, Paper.
This artwork - the 41st in my expanding dedicated series loosely based on the fortification designs of Vauban - uses pre-assembled sheets of Canson Mi-Teinte papers forming stripes, plus acrylic painted sheets of Canson Imagine art paper… all as a collage on canvas. The sheets were marked-up and cut out as angles - the striped ones representing ladders, the ones with rounded heads indicating snakes - and applied to the pre-painted 80 x 80 cm canvas adhering to an invisible 100 square 10 x 10 grid… in effect being an artistic version of the popular family board game “Snakes and Ladders”.
All my recent artworks using painted or applied elements of carefully drawn angles are originally taken from the works of Maréchal Vauban, or Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), who is considered one the of the greatest military engineers of all time. In his life he was responsible for the fortification of over 160 places in France… but his major contribution to warfare was his methods of attack, which revolutionised siege warfare. However, the shapes and angles of his defensive walls surrounding many French towns and seaports have influenced the design of my current series artworks.
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