HAlf a flood. Conclusions

Black gel pen, gouache, pastel, highlighter and pencil on 300 gr cotton paper 115 x 149 cm. image: photo of the drawing by Amedeo Benestante.

The drawing is part of the Atlas of Bodies research with which I attempt to fluidise the River Nile monument (Naples, DC II).

Half a Flood began as an iconographic study of the monument and developed in reaction to the drought of 2022: it tells of water and the study of its cycles as a vital need. In Ancient Egypt, the Nile was quantified through the Egyptian cubit: a unit of measurement represented by the figure of an infant. I explore drawing as an analytical tool for philologically reconstructing the positions of the infants that surrounded the figure of the Nile:two drawings (Research and Conclusions) are in fact the result of interpolating the restoration drawings of the monument (1993) with the prints conserved in the libraries and museums of Naples.

Conclusions presents the monument with its eight infants, present and past, and anticipates the colour play of the monument-specific installation of the same name.

The use of fluo translates to drawing the relationship of efficiency and hierarchy that underlining implements in a text when studying a document.