"Drawing is the quiet and furtive way I take to get into a place without any invitation.
Sometimes, while drawing, people around get curious about it. They slowly begin to recognize their own place, possibly even themselves and, above all, all the little things they are accustomed to. In other words, all those things that reveal how they have lived in this specific place, who they are, what culture they share.
At this point, words do not matter anymore. Drawing becomes a language itself, moving others in amazement and laughing. Each time it happens again, connivance fills me with wonder as if it was for the first time. This tie literally feeds the drawing and, in passing, me through it.
It is probably why I often fell like a thief when I leave the place, as if I had taken something from there. Therefore, when possible, I usually come back a few days later with some copies for the people met while drawing.
Paris, October 24th 2008."
Le Grain d'été, ou salon de thé subsaharien | The Sub-saharien Tea-room. Paris. August 29th 2008.
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
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