Francesco Stumpo is a designer with professional and academic experience in architecture, art, graphics and research. Last year he became fascinated with islands and over the course of 100 days focused on illustrative and creative personal explorations around an islandic theme. Here he shares some of his work and the lessons he learned.
Islands were once part of the mainland. Some are volcanic; others just temporary sandbanks. All share similar characteristics of permanence and flux, adaptation and ultimately colonisation.
Islands balance need and desire. You can see it between bridges, in the ebb and flow of the sea, or in visual connections. It is part of an island's condition to find it's identity (or isolation) by measures of how far or close it is to the next destination.
Islands are the result of the process of isolation. They become the groundwork for utopias, wild ideas, and incredible solitude and resilience. They remind me that, in fact, everything is a fine line between isolation and connection.
Islands become the theatre of the world. They are both real place and metaphor; paradise and hell; fantasy and reality.
Islands transform dichotomies and capture parallel or contradictory behaviours, as they are shaped by the growth or shrinking of their shores. Change is the only constant.
Islands are usually found within reference points. Whether the next mass in the archipelago or the distant neighbour, we locate them by what they are and are not close to.
Islands are places to find peace, to find oneself, and to finally be able to concentrate on essential things.
In one way or another, my illustrations and collages, within colorful blocks and man-made structures, investigate insular explorations, connections, frameworks and territories of what it means to imagine islands, their contexts and their untold stories.
Francesco Stump is a designer and artist known for his plastic and illustrative work that converge architecture, abstraction, strong colours and organic frameworks. He’s inspired by immediate surroundings like the ocean and city grids, and most importantly by people, moments and places he encounters while traveling. He received a Master of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) in Boston in 2015 and recently collaborated with the Brooklyn Art Library through the Sketchbook Project, Adhesive Magazine with an Artist’s Collective and has been published in KooZArch and Ballpitmag. Born in Barquisimeto in 1991, he grew up between the Caribbean coast and cities. He currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.