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From the series “Botany’s sheet”, oil and pencil on paper, 30 x 60 cm.

While walking in a garden, I realize that I'm surrounded by an endless variety of plants, flowers. I look at a lawn and I see a lot of quality of grass, many plant species. I’m not able to give a name to any of these. Therefore I invent a form of cataloging with the purpose to put order in this ignorance, a structure of rules that will allow me to rule this unknown world, and that gives me the illusion of being able to dominate the reality that surrounds me, with the mere fact of being able to give a name to those things. The rules of my cataloging are obviously fictitious, and completely invented: I draw a series of boxes for storing the stem of the plant, the flower, the fruit, the seed or the root.
In the end the goal is not so much to represent the plant, which does not exist, but rather to represent the catalog itself, as if every imagined plant was a concept, a phrase or a meaning, and every possible meaning could be decomposed, classified , understood on the basis of a pre-established pattern.

Materials used:

oil colors, graphite pencil and adhesive green plastic strips

poppies (2012)

$385

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FEDERICO CORTESE

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