Sacred Space Body is the title piece of the “Sacred Space” series. It is the first of many large drawings that records the indexical mark of where a person’s body has been. The drawing is evidence of connection and intimacy between subject and artist.
Performative drawing piece, 72″h x 110″w x 20″l, ink on adding machine paper on steel armature, 2012
Thinking about ink drawings as an artistic practice and a way of marking time, Abacus was a performative art piece created for The Brightest Party Ever for Leadership Austin at the Long Center, and then showed at Austin City Hall. Using adding machine paper and a steel armature to create a counting machine, individual ink drawings were created along the length of the paper, adding together the shapes and the time. Long strips of drawings were given to viewers as a memento of time spent and created.
These two images are scans of existing oil paintings for the background, plus scans of some architectural images that are layered together. A combination of different floor plans and elevations of Roman architecture are atop each other on transparencies. These were scanned into one digital image which sits on top of the painterly drips. Sphere of Influence is the elevation view of different buildings, and, Circle of Influence is the plan view of different buildings.
The initial movement in an artistic practice is that of the hand on paper. This mark-making studio practice recalls the attentiveness and inventiveness necessary for being present within one’s artistic practice. After time spent away from the studio, to begin again with this process reminds the hands of their skill and the shapes produced inspire other forms that come about in future work.