(details) Perfect in Weakness, diptych, 36×24″, ink on paper/acrylic on paper, 2019
While working on the painting portion of this piece, I considered the way that small pieces (of the composition, of life) can feel out of place or broken, especially when observed from a place that is close-up and contained. With a more spacious point of view, there can be a perfection in observing the way things fit together that wasn’t previously apparent.
This drawing is 19th in a series of textual meditations I’ve been making since 2014, and was selected to be part of the exhibition Visual Thinking at the Ronald L. Barr Gallery at Indiana University Southeast. Methodical and meditative, these drawings have proven a constant over the past five years, and I imagine will continue to be so in the years to come.
I first saw this phrase of Louise Bourgeois’ in an exhibition at MoMA which include, among many books, paintings, and sculptures spanning her career, the fabric book Ode à l’oubli. (Here‘s a photo of her piece in the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait.) Her prolific body of work fascinated me, and her mantra offers hope that I too might return to openness from areas of repression.
Rediscovered the fun of playing around with watercolors in my sketchbook – it’s been nice to work with paint a bit more while still keeping it quick, intuitive, and fairly contained mess-wise. The smooth brushwork feels like a natural progression from the drawings I’ve been making lately.
For the next couple of months, a set of my recent drawings is on display at Herron in Indianapolis. (They will rotate partway through the semester, so if you’re in town you can stop by again near the end of the semester to see a different set!)
Patterns continue to intrigue me both as tools for learning and an analogue to spiritual practices. Whether written or drawn, the daily ritual of mark-making creates patterns which lay the groundwork for further intuitive exploration, and build a visual record of time spent.