Isa Draiby Artist Portrait

Architecture and art are intertwined in Isa Draiby's series Sections. Isa Draiby is an architect and uses her profession as a way to explore forms, constructions and materials. Her wooden wall sculptures take inspiration from model construction and show an architect's love for graphics and clean lines.

Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– I studied art and architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' School of Architecture in Copenhagen. Today, I am an active architect in Stockholm. Before pursuing architecture, I studied classical drawing and textiles, thereby cultivating a strong interest in crafts. My approach to art involves architectural models, which serve as tools for exploring ideas, form, and materials.

What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?

– Architectural features such as foundational staples, timber constructions, and weaves. Sharp shadows falling on facades. Sol Lewitt's artwork: "Successive Rows of Horizontal Straight Lines from Top to Bottom and Vertical Straight Lines from Left to Right," 1972.

What technique have you used?

– I've used model construction techniques from my architectural world. The artworks are made from unprocessed and painted pine strips.

How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?

– Graphical, structural and abstract.