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TUILIMS.

The techniques that I had mastered allowed me to think outside the box and so I momentarily diverted my gaze from the canvas in search of another front.

 

With this innovative approach, I drew my attention onto a pile of tiles that had been in the courtyard of my workshop for quite some time. Many attempts at turning these tiles into artwork followed one after another and, finally, the tuilims emerged.

The manufacture of the tiles dates back to ancient times. After the fall of the Roman Empire, this element fell into disuse and reappeared only in the Middle Ages. The clay was acquired from a nearby quarry, crushed and mixed with water, put into wooden molds, smoothed over by hand, dried in the sun and then put back in an oven. The work was done exclusively by hand. The four elements: earth, water, fire and air, were brought together to create the tile.