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Bogotá Feathers

Bogotá Feathers

Juan Eduardo Páez Cañas, Colombia

The trampled feathers found in any city street around the world are a metaphor, or a trace of the beauty and the life that turns grey beneath our feet because we are so used to walking through the same streets every day that we become oblivious or desensitized to what is around us. These fallen, filthy feathers, although not entirely pleasant to examine, allow us moments of stillness and contemplation.

 

With each plume, my objective was to find a type of unique linear form, like a signature, amongst the mess and dirt they hold. The technique I used was graphite pencil with watercolor, and my intention was to represent these found objects, the feathers of the Columba Livia or urban pigeons, as closely to reality as possible.

 

Visit the artist’s website: http://caudapodo.blogspot.com/

 
A feather that turns like a tornado to the floor    © Juan Eduardo Páez Cañas

A feather that turns like a tornado to the floor

© Juan Eduardo Páez Cañas

 
A feather that breaks like paper on the floor    © Juan Eduardo Páez Cañas

A feather that breaks like paper on the floor

© Juan Eduardo Páez Cañas

 
A feather that looks like a capital letter    © Juan Eduardo Páez Cañas

A feather that looks like a capital letter

© Juan Eduardo Páez Cañas

 

Juan Eduardo Páez Cañas was born in Palmira, Colombia, in 1973 and specialises in scientific and children’s illustration. With an M.A. in Semiotics from the Tadeo University, Bogotá, he teaches drawing and visual appreciation at the district university in Bogotá, where he lives and bases much of his work. His work is faithful to the traditional notion of graphic drawing, but with a flexible style that is often inspired by the natural world and organic forms.

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