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Amorphous tree Drawing

Sandro Cocco


Drawing, Ink on Paper

Size: 14.2 W x 10.6 H x 0.1 D in

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When I discovered 'écriture automatique' by the surrealists I was impressed by it's spontaneous character. In 2004 I started making drawings 'out of the blue' starting from a blank sheet of paper immediately in ink.

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Drawing:Ink on Paper

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Size:14.2 W x 10.6 H x 0.1 D in

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After years of observing and drawing from nature (models, still lifes, interiors, landscapes), I was looking for a method of working that could keep an adventure for myself and surprised of my own work. I discovered the technique of 'écriture automatique' (automatic drawing) in 1996. My working method is the following: I start drawing directly on an empty sheet of paper with Indian ink (without a sketch in pencil). I start drawing a few lines. I decide a shape somewhere on the paper. And this shape dictates me what I have to draw next to keep the composition 'in balance'. I don't have a plan, I don't know what is going to appear. That's exactly the state of mind I want or need to create. I started my abstract 'Amorphous' series in 1996 with this method. In 2005 I visited a friend and discovered a Surrealist painting on his wall that reminded me of the works by the painter Giorgio de Chirico. The use of symbols in this painting invited me to begin the series 'Imaginary Rooms' in which I use for the first time visually recognisable elements in the hope to be able to communicate more with the viewer. But my working method kept the same. All the 'Imaginary Rooms' are made with the same technique of 'écriture automatique'. I hope that you will be able to enter my work with your own imagination and give you a moment of visual pleasure, dream or contemplation. Born, Antwerp (1973). His father was of Italian descent (Sardinia) and his mother was Belgian. He started his Art education with a year of studying Illustration (1993) where he learned the basic techniques. But he chose to study Painting the following year (1994) because he wanted to explore his personal expression. During his painting studies (1994-1998), the first two years he mainly drew from observation: figure drawing, still lifes, interiors. During the second year of figure drawing, he started drawing without looking at the paper (blind drawing). This was the impulsion to start making 'his own' work in the third year. This is the moment (1996) when he started making abstract 'Amorphous' drawings. These are drawings in which he leaves the perception of reality behind him to discover his own inner shape world. This on the basis of the technique 'écriture automatique' that was often used by the Surrealists.

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