Biography: Lewi Rossignol is a Portland, Maine-based illustrator specializing in combining hand drawn and collaged imagery.
“I’ve had tics caused by Tourette Syndrome since I was young. The tics are cyclical, and can get really severe and debilitating, especially when I feel anxious. To me, anxiety feels like there’s all kinds of pressure built up inside of me, and the tics are my body’s way of releasing the pressure. I have discovered that while I’m drawing, my tics subside. It’s as if the pressure is being released through my pen instead of my face, and it’s such a relief.” (Artist note from the Etsy listing of ‘1-of-A-Kind Limited Edition Book with Original Drawing Inside’
Date Acquired: March 31, 2020
Location Acquired: Artist’s Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LewisRossignolArt
Type: Mixed media collage torn from sketchbook
Size: 9″ x 12″
Personal Connection: I first saw Lewis’ art on a Anthony Bourdain poster being advertised, maybe on IG. I was fascinated by the messiness and in your face style of the piece, plus I was a huge fan of Bourdain, such a character he created for himself to inhabit. I looked up the artist, discovered it was Lewis, and started following him on IG. One thing led to another and I just felt I had to have one of his originals. Happily, at the beginning of the COVID-19 Epidemic, Lewis had a sale on original work drawn from his sketchbooks (Original Sketch Grab Bag to Help Those in Need) and I snagged this for a great price.
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