Plymouth, 2011

Graphite on paper
127 X 97 cm

During a six-month stay in New York in 2011, I read the book Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick that accounts the voyage of the Mayflower vessel and the settlement of the first pilgrims at Plymouth Colony, USA. One of the most memorable passages in the book, describes the sensation the crew had, when sighting Cape Cod after an exhausting 66 days voyage across the Atlantic. I tried to imagine that moment and started drawing a composition by lines of graphite that I was gradually blurring with a gum, trying to emulate those instants of unclear vision from the ship’s deck, right before discovering land.