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Incredible Pencil Drawings Leap Off the Page

Using nothing more than a pencil, a piece of paper, and some swift and scrupulous cuts, Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito offers a contemporary depiction of martyrdom. Each image presents a different form of death, some rather torturous, that has been documented in historical martyrologies. The artist provides a conceptual visual of said manners of martyrdom through a unique practice of pencil on paper.

The series of multidimensional drawings titled Martyres utilizes paper as more than a simple canvas to scratch some doodles onto. The paper becomes part of the environment as imagined by Mastrovito. As a body is dragged off the page, he accentuates the pull through the crinkles in the paper as one side gets aggressively yanked with its subject. Cutting certain slivers of paper out to imitate the path of a slashing sword and removing a running bull from the sheet of paper and realigning it just off the page are only a few of the clever choices adopted by the artist in this series.

A selection of Mastrovito's work, including large-scale versions of Martyres, is currently showing at Pavillon Blanc in Colomiers, France through December 8, 2012.

Andrea Mastrovito website
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Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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