The traditional recipe for Portuguese caracois, snails, is to boil them in a flavorful broth of herbs, garlic, hot peppers and often— cured meat. In this illustration, the sign marking the sale of this popular delicacy is a beacon, the only part of the drawing embellished with watercolour.
Although New York is home, Avillez makes frequent trips to Portugal to visit family. In this series of diaristic drawings set in Lisbon, Avillez illustrates a fish market, clothing drying on a line, a couple walking their dog on a cobblestone street, and other scenes collected during her travels. With each tableau, Avillez captures the intimacy and obscurity of a home away from home. Avillez invites us to share in her unique process, leaving layered paper, cut outs, and handwritten notes. Inviting us, as it were, to live for a moment in the warm sun, against the backdrop of the azulejos.
Joana Avillez, b. 1986, New York, received a BFA in painting from The Rhode Island School of Design, and an MFA in illustration at School of Visual Arts. She is the author of Life Dressing, and recently illustrated Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. Her illustrations can be found in The New York Times, Vogue, New York Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, Paper Magazine, and more.
Watercolour and ink on paper
10.5 × 8 inches