Paperworks…Matthew Broussard

Who would recognize this as a Drafting tool –
Manual CAD 1940
pencil on laid manuscript paper
(25 cm x 37 cm / 10″ x 14.5″)
I enjoy the Morandi-like play of shadows and surfaces
in this survey of my kitchen table.
Pencil on laid manuscript paper.
(25 cm x 37 cm / 10″ x 14.5″)

 Paperworks: Estimates and Perspectives

My husband, Matthew Broussard, has been working on a series of drawings, a survey of our house. The paper he is using is from an old book (c. 1846) regarding how to correctly survey land and estimate its value. The book is from the era when Lombardy was still occupied by Austria. The Italian Revolutions of 1848 were still brewing and Garibaldi would not take part in the famous but brief Roman Revolution for another 3 years. Lombardy would not become part of independent Italy until 1859. Within the book there are annotations on supplemental pages, lined like notebook paper (but larger) and written in a calligraphic longhand, that describe amendments made to the surveying and assessment rules in following years. It is on these pages, turned upside down, that Matthew has begun a survey of the iconic yet intensely human images of our territory.
Dish rack over the sink – a prosaic object rendered poetic with close observation:
the tools of our daily life offer a survey map of how we inhabit our own territory.
Pencil on laid manuscript paper (25 cm x 37 cm / 10″ x 14.5″)

By bonniemcclellan

Mother, poet, american ex-pat from Texas living in Northern Italy.


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