My art questions what a drawing is and how it can affect thinking. Works are composed of marks that, referencing artist Avis Newman, are "signs of thought". Time, space, and diverse media are central to this investigation to expand the concept of drawing. Influenced by Eastern philosophy and physics, I work responsively between these entities. That is where experimentation happens and the medium opens to what it can be.
Traditional drawing is a rendering of a 3D subject on a two-dimensional surface. I am interested in an unconventional, organic approach that moves fluidly between mediums and dimensions. The diverse approaches taken; installations, spatial constructions, works on paper, and blogging; end up informing and redeveloping each other over time. This invites more questions about the nature of the medium.
Newman's statement, “A mark is sign of thought.”, informs my Art on many levels. As the hand or body makes a line across paper or space, what happens inside the mind? This has led to an interest in the relationship between drawing and time. How is time experienced when mark making? Can it cause the mind to transcend time? Concurrently, how can a site affect a drawing? Various philosophies, particularly Taoism, inform and guide my practice. It encourages forming perspective from an even place. Quantum Physics assists in visualizing time at the quantum level.
In my work, marks are generic and nondescript. These qualities leave them open for interpretation, as they suggest rather than show. Drawings grow out of light and shadow and in response to their surroundings. I mark or record shadows in relation to architectural space or architecture. Light, when interacting with a building or 3D structure, turns into shapes that shift in form as it moves. This activity becomes an entry point into a drawing.
Tracing shadows bridges the internal world of thought with the external happenings of my surroundings. Marking their movement leads me to experience the ephemeral and encourages keen observation and reflection. Engaging in this practice over time opens doors to surprising microscopic and macrocosmic interconnections and alignments. Unexpected formal dialogues emerge from the process that piques curiosity to see what happens next.
Resulting works are frameworks of consideration.
Progressions, Shuffling(s), and Reshufflings: Dialogue Between Dimensions:
The Progression(s) and Shuffling(s) series explore a dialogue between dimensions, media, and time to expand how to see and experience drawing.
Conglomerate (Progressions) are photographs of geometric constructions built in relation to light and shadow. The term progressions alludes to successions of musical chords produced over time to stir harmonies. These constructions changed in form as sunlight shifted over the course of several hours on cement. Different stages of the activity were photographed and times are noted in the titles.
The works on paper, Progression(s), are reductive still lifes of Conglomerates. They pull out the darkest darks and lightest lights, revealing shadow pathways, becoming metaphors for distilled thoughts. Varying degrees of information are given in each work to decipher form. This removes them from their original context and opens the images to new avenues of interpretation.
The shapes, lines, and tones in the Conglomerate photographs also inspired the series of drawings; Shuffling(s) and Reshuffling(s). While reading Carlo Rovelli’s The Order of Time, I began to question what happens to forms in the quantum world. Rovelli writes about time at the quantum level where the past, present, and future are blurred, a space between time. In a very literal interpretation of this concept, I began to project and overlay several digital images of Conglomerates and drew them on top of each other with line. The resulting shapes were painted in various shades of gray or black. Resulting forms appear to fracture and unite all at once, like thoughts in flux. Unforeseen harmonies and alignments emerge from the process.
Using ordinary construction materials such as tiles, shelves, and molding...works from the Conglomerate series (2007-ongoing) occupy a space between drawing, sculpture, and architecture... the elements 'interact in "states of tension and flow'." (Margaret Winslow).
Sight Drawings are observations of "drawings" found in everyday life. They may share formal qualities, like line and shadow, with traditional works or stir the imagination to for new ones to come. No interventions are made. Taken with an iPhone, they are responses to what could be.