La Casa Rotta, Italy Drawing by Arta Garanca

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La Casa Rotta, Italy

Arta Garanca

United Kingdom

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Size: 16.5 W x 11.7 H x 0 D in

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I joined this Italian community, which is part of an eco-village, in February 2019. They had bought this abandoned 300 years old house 12 years ago and restored in a way that shows the old in its full glory. DIY style, natural materials, exposing the history as much as possible, hence the name La Casa Rotta (Rotten house). My initial plan was to be here only for a month. Little did I know that the world and life had different plans. It became my lockdown home. I was very grateful for them allowing me to stay there as long as necessary since I had no home to return to. As a "thank you" I wanted to draw their house and give it as a present to the hosts. This is the drawing that later inspired me to continue to draw in this style and this scale onwards. Like all the other drawings in this collections, the original of this image was drawn on the other side of an old, unused A3 poster, the only paper that was available in the house at that time. The glossy, slippery surface of this paper allowed for the pen to slide more effortlessly and ink to flow extra smooth, increasing the contrast between the white and back even more. I ended up spending 4 months in this house. The time was used drawing even more and learning how to tile walls and floors. The exchange between both sides was successful and proved the importance of community in times when things don't go as planned.

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Size:12 W x 9 H x 0.1 D in

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Although for the last 10 years London was my home (originally born in Latvia), currently I am a backpacker moving through Europe crisscross. In 2019 I left my office job in London and in late autumn headed out on a volunteering trip. I wanted to learn if I can find a different use of my architectural skills through natural building and learn to live with the unknown while having all my personal belonging fitted in one backpack. Drawing became my companion. I recorded the visual experiences of my journeys through the subject closest to my heart - architecture. Each drawing is not only an image, there is a unique story and location behind every one of them. And behind each story, there is a more personal experience. And the combination of it all is what I am looking to share with the world. The technique of black and white ink drawings was always attractive to me. Daring to work with a pen directly on paper was the very opposite of my character. The wobbly and chaotic line work became a rebelliousness against the fear of making a mistake. It's an attempt to break the notion of right, wrong and proper. Many lines that are seemingly all over the place in wrong directions come together to create the final image.

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