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Process Portfolio

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More about my work and experience in the IB Diploma Programme...

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Blue Sky in Paris (November 2019)

Acrylic paint on canvas

30cm x 24cm 

Blue Sky in Paris is an acrylic paint on canvas painting heavily inspired by the impressionist era. The use of very neutral and simple colors mixed with a Parisian street view makes it very impressionist. For my painting I wanted to paint a mixture of architecture and nature, and use Caillebotte’s techniques to make it look how I wanted to. This painting is a simple painting to show that nature and architecture can blend in together very well and we shouldn’t separate the two of them. 



Black and White Triangle (March 2021)

Acrylic paint and wood

70cm x 70cm x 20cm

Black and White Triangle is a 3D work made to showcase a minimalist side of architecture. By using only black, white and grey paint in my sculpture, we get the certainties of the black and white colors, and the uncertainty of the color grey. Francisco Sobrino, a minimalist sculptor inspired this piece of work, with the use of his irregular shapes and the use of black, white and grey colors. 



Summer House Wall (October 2020)

Acrylic paint on canvas

113cm x 157cm

Summer House Wall is based on my own photograph of the wall of the summer house where I spent my summer. The close up view in this painting enables the viewer to observe details in the architectural surface, it’s colours, patterns... The style of Patrick Caulfield’s paintings with clear outlines and simplified shapes and structures inspired the composition and techniques in this painting. I built up more textures using colors, brushstrokes, sponges and the narrow black outlines using a sharpie. 

Dystopian Stone House (March 2020)

Acrylic paint and siporex

55cm x 35cm x 35cm

The purpose of this work was to show an architectural idea for people to try and recreate as an actual building. This was mainly inspired by famous architects, like Christian de Portzamparc, who is an architect that I looked at to get some understanding. His architectural style is what inspired me to do this sculpture. This work is made out of Siporex. By only painting two elements of my sculpture blue we get the mix between the grey architecture and the blue sky.



Root Building (December 2019)

Ceramic and oxides

15cm x 15cm x 30cm 

In this piece, I wanted to show how you can mix nature and architecture, and make it look as realistic as possible. This 3D artwork of clay shows a different perspective that a 2d drawing or painting cannot show. Ceramist Robert Winokur inspired me with his use of colors and shapes to produce this ceramic. The use of blue to cover the ceramic further connects architecture with the blue sky.



Favela Complex (March 2021)

Foam board, collage and spray paint

70cm x 35cm x 55cm

I did this work because I wanted to explore the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and demonstrate what a dystopian favela could look like, but still keep the element of the actual favelas. Robert Rauschenberg was the artist I decided to look at to guide me in completing this piece. His distinctive decollage skills and colors used are what led this piece. This project required a foam board and a wooden base, where I would make the wooden base look like rusty metal and my foam board buildings look old and being destroyed. 



Eiffel Tower, Street View (December 2019)

Drypoint Etching

30cm x 42cm 

I did this print to show the Eiffel Tower from a street that not many people visit but still shows the Eiffel Tower from an amazing view. Michael Goro, who does architecture prints, helped me understand how to do a print of architecture, and understood how to then print it. Leaving some print ink on the sides to surround the architecture is what inspired me from him, this gives the impression that there is a shadow of the architecture.



Paris Views (March 2021)

Digital composition

30cm x 42cm

These images were taken to show the typical Parisian street  and how there are so many elements together that form the streets. When looking to find a good picture, I was doing some research and found that French architecture photographer Eugène Atget also took pictures of Parisian architecture. The perspective of his pictures are what inspired me. Limited by the technology of his time, his pictures only came out in black and white, but with color my taken pictures became more alive.