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Drawn Time

Drawn Time

"Death did not tell her when she was going to die..., but ordered her to begin sewing her own shroud on the next sixth of April. She was authorized to make it as complicated and as fine as she wanted,..., and she was told that she would die without pain, fear, or bitterness at dusk on the day that she finished it." (Garcia Marquez p. 284, translated edition 1970)

Inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, these pen and ink pieces (originals aprox. B2 in scale) were created with the intention of illustrating themes within the novel both through the methods used as well as in the finished image. Taking inspiration from the passage above in particular, they were hand-drawn with elements such as the shroud's crochet-type mark-making (images 1 and 3). Using the action of drawing time-consuming detail as meditative exercise ties the images into the passage on Amaranta's "killing time" both literally and figuratively.

inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude
inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude
inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude