Marthin Rozo, Marthin Rozo

Drawings of Life, 2012

Seven color photographs printed on paper, each 20,5 x 27 cm

One day, while walking through the forest, I saw a drawing on a leaf. From that moment on I started collecting leaves with drawings. With the help of Biology students at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia I learned that these drawings are made by many species of flying insects like moths, bees or wasps. These insects lay their eggs under the superficial tissue of leaves and when they emerge, the larvae start eating and growing while they move through the leaf, generating their walking traces. The pattern or “drawing” is the image of the whole life time of an organism from birth till the moment they go through metamorphosis, grow wings and fly to repeat the living cycle. This trace drawing can be scientifically analyzed, and according to its form, one can know what kind of insect made it. The line is thin at the beginning and as the larvae grows older the line gets wider, giving us the sense of movement, direction and time. Inspired by these leaves, I decided to analyze for one entire day my path, trying to draw it on a paper sheet. Preserving the same type of line that widens up and develops with time, paying close attention to subjects, landscape, moods and things related to my daily life.


Marthin Rozo, Marthin Rozo

Born 1991 in Bogotá, Kolumbien. Gaststudium at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne from 2010 until ---. Diploma in the key area of .