Joana Avillez’s visual essays use drawing "to say what writing cannot" 

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Born and bred New Yorker Joana Avillez combines her drawing and writing practice to express herself seamlessly through visual essays. “I started drawing because of my father,” Joana tells It’s Nice That. “We drew constantly together… It was how we communicated and laughed and saw the world.” Joana’s father had a successful career as an editorial illustrator for the likes of Harper’s and The New York Times. Whilst he was away traveling he would send home “long, scroll-like faxes” that were essentially illustrated letters, a hint to the illustrator’s work that effortlessly communicates through intertwined language and images. Joana further explains that “for my dad drawing was a spark that came out of nowhere, for me it bloomed because of him.”

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