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A detail of the bus seat's pattern
The red "stop" button
You can spot the city outside the bus window
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Eyelashes Drawing

Mary Cinque

Italy

Drawing, oil pastel on Paper

Size: 11.7 W x 16.5 H x 0 D in

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This artwork is from an ongoing series of portraits of people I saw while riding a bus. This series includes also people waiting at bus stops, seen from the bus stop or from inside the bus. Also, being a feminist, I always try to give more space to various kinds of beauty in my art (not only the classical female beauty driven by the "male gaze"), that's why I love to depict also men and this man in particular struck me because of his beautiful face and his graceful, long eyelashes. I am very grateful for the beauty we can spot around us in our everyday life, if only we allow ourselves to take time and focus on what surrounds us. I like to think of people that make an effort to put together a nice outfit before going out and into the world, as a gift to everyone else, as they contributes to brighten up our day. I put this under portraiture category as I think that even a person's back can be considered a portrait, as it tells a lot about someone. Since a young age I focused on details' of people outfits, as I think some kind of garments are a work of art in itself and what and how people choose to wear tells a lot about them. Not long ago I listened to a podcast from Articles of Interest (a mini-series within 99% Invisible) that drew my attention to the fact that the people that put more time and effort are people from groups that do not have much of a voice, thus they need to find other ways to express and make themselves "visible". While making an artwork, every detail is important for me, and I depict every single part of the scene with the same care and attention. From the elements of the bus, to the urban landscape, from the letters that can be seen outside, on a shop window, to the profile of the man, his headphones. Sennelier oil pastels are a great medium to depict all these nuances and the lights and shadows of this kind of urban scene. Now that I live in Italy again I am going through all the photographs I took during the three years I've been living in London and made oil pastel on paper inspired by them. Making this series has been great for me as it gave me the chance to feel all the emotions I felt while I was in London, a city that I love. I hope the beauty that this man shared with us on that day on a London double-decker bus could travel from this drawing to your place. The artwork will be shipped rolled in a tube, I recommend to take it as soon as possible to a framer, to professionally flatten it back and to provide a frame with a glass, as the oil pastel needs to be protected from the dust. 7th of August 2020

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Drawing:oil pastel on Paper

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Size:11.7 W x 16.5 H x 0 D in

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"Mary Cinque is an Italian painter, graphic designer and blogger working and living in the Amalfi Coast. Her works – joyful, bright, colourful painting and drawings – are inspired by this place, as well as her heritage, background and travels. Mary spent her childhood between Italy and Ethiopia. Before moving back to the Amalfi Coast this year, she has lived in Naples and Milan, where she attended academies of fine art; and Philadelphia, New York and London where she improved her artistic skills and style. Alongside making art, she works as an illustrator and graphic designer, collaborating with selected brands, working on artistic commissions such as illustrations, labels and showroom design. Cinque’s art develops themes connected with what makes us essentially humans: our habitat – the buildings, the streets, the cities – our bodies, what we eat and how we socialise. Art, in Mary’s paintings, becomes a powerful instrument of philosophical investigation which reveals who we really are by questioning our habits, observing those characteristic traits we share as a species, often without realising it. The artist looks at human beings from a different perspective, making interesting and significant what can seem normal or banal to us in our everyday life: the buildings that populate our cities, the streets we walk, people sitting across our table at a café, strangers on the bus. In this nutshell interview by Giulia Corti, Mary Cinque explores some of the most relevant aspects of her art and reflects on how it offers an intriguing and informative perspective about the way we live as human animals. Mary, your art is colourful and vivid, it mixes human and urban subjects by making use of various techniques (oil painting; pastel drawing, markers, “digital” drawing, print-making etc.) and materials (canvasses, magazine pages, an I-pad screen). How do you choose the means with which to develop an artwork and how do the different materials and techniques influence what you want to convey, if they do? Different subjects call for different techniques. Buildings and urbanscape are always acrylic on canvas, while I prefer to depict people using a quicker, immediate approach, like the one that I can get with markers and oil pastels or digital painting. By looking at the main themes of your art, it is possible to notice what seems to be a tension. On one hand, you portrayed the stillness and artificiality of urban landscapes and buildings (e.g.

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