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The xylographer who gives life to a technique of yesteryear

Luisa Freixas is inspired by her children to give a modern touch to the art of wood engraving in her Palermo workshop.

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Near her children's school in Palermo's Buenos Aires neighborhood,  Luisa Freixas  turns a wheel on cotton paper and wooden plates. Using the centuries-old woodcut technique, he draws his designs, carving them on wood, and then prints them on different surfaces, from paper to fabrics.

“It's a very classic technique. I always say that I feel like  Rembrandt , but I like to give it a modern touch,” explains Luisa.

The results are fresh and vibrant (closer to Matisse than Rembrandt), with a personal vision inspired by his three children and the flora of the  Botanical Garden  of  Buenos Aires . “I copy the way they play, the way they draw and try to see nature and wildlife them as they do. See through his eyes, climb trees like an eight-year-old and then make art from that,” he details.

Luisa studied Fine Arts at the Santa Ana Institute in Buenos Aires and was a disciple of Argentine artist Jorge Demirjian. His attraction for the felling of trees came hand in hand with his interest in German expressionism and Warhol's repetitions. With a dedicated work ethic, draw your designs with the highest concentration, either in your workshop or in the Botanical Garden, and print the final product on the press in your workshop, but take on the task of cutting your designs into wood everywhere you go.

“I like the fact that I can take wood anywhere. I like to work a lot, so if my friends invite me to a roast, I take the firewood and cut it while preparing the meal. I guess I have a lot of discipline to work with. I'm trying until I get something that convinces me. Because if I don't do art, I don't know what to do. I'm bored!“, close Luisa.

Source:  buenosaires.gob.ar 

Publication Date: 21/10/2019

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