I refer to these new works as Body & Mind drawings. The drawings are rooted in actions from a 2-part process. The first part – the Body - begins with a series of energetic body movements. I cover my studio floor with wet & dry materials; ink, dirt, dust, debris, hair and other substances that collect on an artists studio floor. I then take paper and rub/scratch/disturb/press them onto my studio floor not knowing the outcome until I lift them off the floor and hang them on the wall. Once on the wall to dry, the materials (wet & dry) continue to move across the paper as gravity plays it part.
When dry I begin the second part – the Mind. I draw into them strategically behind the existing color areas with detailed pencil, graphite, and charcoal drawings. Usually referencing the destruction of symbiotic architecture, empires and landscape this second part forms a visual tension between the Body & Mind. Is the Mind (the second part in the process) being consumed by the abstract Body (the first part) or is it the other way around? Or are they both an ever continuous cycle with no beginning and no end?
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