in situ: Untitled (layered meditation)

Untitled (layered meditation), 18×24 inches, colored pencil on paper, 2020
photo: Jared Baker

For the third year in a row, one of my artworks was included in the Bemis Center’s annual benefit auction. It’s always a pleasure to see my work in its new home – and what a lovely setting this one ended up in, with a lively green houseplant to keep it company!

This drawing is one of a series of my meditation drawings made about a year ago, in the first autumn of the pandemic – back home to New York, numbers rising again, the uncertainties of winter lying ahead. After time away from my studio, and away from the normal routines of life, I returned with a sense of urgency to these drawings – some in ink, some (like this one) in colored pencil. Looking at them now reminds me of feeling a bit desperate to get marks onto paper. The layered lines remind me of the warp and weft of the weaving made by my grandmother that hangs on the wall of our apartment, and of the way you can obscure a line of text best by writing something else right on top of it.

You can view more of the drawings in this series here, and bring one to your own home – here.

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