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Art in Quarantine — Francisco Correia

UMBIGO invited several artists to reflect on the era we are living in and to think about their artistic production in quarantine times.

Project by the artist Francisco Correia.

Francisco Correia, Templates #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, 2020. Pigmented colouring pens on paper, 21×29,7cm (each)

For those used to spending most of their days in a studio or in a room creating and thinking, being confined to a closed space is not atypical. On the contrary, today the dreadful difference is the erasure of the step that usually separates these places from the rest of the world, the exterior world, from which one tries to escape or, at best, dares to correct.

This series of drawings is called Templates. I chose the English word because it sounds more abstract and less material – even though enjoying the Portuguese word for it – escantilhão. It is slippery and stays stuck on the roof of the mouth; an alphabet of patterned forms and infinite combinations, almost useless. Useful to remember or to slowly forget, or to come and go from the bedroom.

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