Saturday, May 16, 2009
One of the larger "topography"drawings I have been working on (in a series of three so far). These stemmed from cleaning out my fireplace and becoming attracted to the charcoal ashes as a possible material to work with. These are larger pieces (about 29" x 39", approx). The formations are made by the imprint of the ashes on paper mixed with salt water which I then ink in with a calligraphy pen. What I love about creating these is the way they begin with literally throwing ashes, culminating in hours and hours of tiny pencil lines to make the topography. I think it is a little difficult to see in the the detail, but there are tiny thin lines covering every bit of "land" in the piece. As I made these I thought alot about "brain-mapping" and how we can now map the pattern of synapses in our brains. This for me, became like my own personal "brain-mapping", taking me through many many hours of various thought processes as I drew hundreds of tiny pencil lines, which became my personal "synapses" in a more literal way.