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barbican

I began this print by collecting photos and illustrations of brutalist architecture. For further inspiration, I turned to the work of León Ferrari, the Argentinian conceptual artist, activist, and master of bureaucratic critique—in particular, his amazing series of drawings called “The Architecture of Madness,” in which he used architectural Letraset rub-ons. I named it, though, after the epitome of Brutalist architecture in Central London, The Barbican Estate. I aimed to make a print that directly questions what beauty is and where it exists. By wearing a print featuring architectural shapes instead of more traditional floral patterns, perhaps we can shift our perspective for a moment and consider why we so often dress up in the guise of flowers.