Artaud Drawings
by Oriol Sàbat


Oriol Sàbat is a Catalan artist and poet. He was born in Barcelona in 1967.  He started studying drawing at the academy El Taller in Barcelona in 1980.  In 1991 he completed a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona. Since then he has cultivated drawing, painting, sculpture, etching and writing. Since 1988 he has had twenty-two individual exhibitions and numerous other collective ones, both in galleries and in private and public institutions. He has won several awards including the National Juan Ramon Masoliver Award in the year 2000. Sàbat is member of Catalan Writers’ Association (ACEC)



Tree, face, orgy, concentration camp.  We look at all this without making concessions…We roll downward, faster as we go, and we drag the world with us…Everything had been simple, under a clear light without traps.  On the other side of the wall, the fire or the ditch, on the other side…Be still.  The fixed look on the cadaver.  We think there are laughs and flowers, that is true…so many things are or seem truth itself… We say arm or stake.  We have already said it.  So what?  Sweet, sweet, glossy look, enchanting look of the afternoon partially made …We only want the gift of a moment of absolute quietude on the way towards the collapse, when we break everything that binds us, every boundary and we are already nothing. 

(From the book Those Who Are About to Die Salute You, 2006 by Oriol Sàbat, translated from Catalan by Karen Smith and Gil Garcia)


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