Ana Frois is a Portuguese architect and self-taught illustrator. Her drawings place together archetypal architectures with natural elements and small pieces of an intimate universe. The greenhouse is one of her recurring subjects and is usually drawn with an almost childish trait. In Frois’ works, the buildings are abstract entities traced with thin white lines on a blue background; they are transparent and reveal their content while floating in an indeterminate space with no orientation. Frois uses a set of representation methods ranging from axonometric drawings, perspectives, and elevations.
In introducing her works, Ana quotes Philip Weisbecker, an artist equally interested in this subject:
I have always been interested by ‘things’ and in trying to understand the feeling of an object, or the mystery of it. That’s something that fascinates me about greenhouses: their mystery — the fact they preserve an interior world you can’t immediately access from the exterior. I really love the idea of not being able to see inside.
The greenhouse is absolutely perfect for the purpose it serves and, because it’s designed so simply, and so well, its form will never change.”
All images © Ana Frois