Mapping a New Art Trend
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By THE IRRAWADDY OCTOBER, 2010 - VOL.18 NO.10


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Caught without his sketch book during a visit to the German cathedral city of Cologne, Burmese artist Nay Myo Say drew literally on the first thing to hand—a city map.

He liked the result so much that he repeated the technique, not only in other German cities but also during a later visit to the United States.

His “city map” series featured in a “Sketches from the West” exhibition that drew large crowds  to Rangoon’s International Business Center in August.

Munich’s Marienplatz, sketched on a map of the German city.

Nay Myo Say drew the sketches during a tour of several European countries and the US in 2001 and on a visit to the Cologne Art Fair in 2003. It was during his Germany visit that his “city map” series came about.

“At one instance, I had no sketch book with me, and the desire to sketch became so great that I sketched the scenery of that city on that city’s map I had with me,” he said.

“It was an unexpected act and I was so pleased with the result that I did it again on another map. Since that time, it became an occasional practice for me to draw a city scene on that city’s map.”

Nay Myo Say will exhibit a selection of his Burmese work, “Sketches from Myanmar,” at  the Suvannabhumi Gallery in Chiang Mai in December.

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Francesco Sinibaldi Wrote:
10/10/2010
Le chant des feuilles désolées.

Le calme de
la première
nostalgie m'appelle,
quand le son
de la neige
encore disparaît;
cette image
invente un triste
profil, le chant
du soleil dans
la voix de la
mer....

Francesco Sinibaldi

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