This series of drawings describes a relationship between touch, tension, and surface. Each piece uses the body to distort a variety of images and marks drawn onto skin. Pinches, creases, and scratches marked onto its surface function as drawing elements alongside these penned images and marks. Photography more than documents the performance of these drawings; it disorients the viewer’s relationship to the body and represents the skin as a drawing surface.
As a student, I pursued a formal education in observational drawing. Years of working traditionally focused my attention on the process of mark-making—rendering form and surface became as fascinating to me as creating imagery. This drawing project allows me to transcend conventional ways of mark-making to explore a range of mark-making unique to my drawing surface. Bite-marks are prints; pinches add value, and scratches form lines. Working on my body has made me aware of the tactility of drawing. Every mark drawn onto my skin has a pressure, a point, and a texture. The process of creating these pieces is as memorable for me as the finished product—not only do I see the lines in the Raking piece, I can remember making them and how it felt to make them. There is something seductive about inviting the viewer to experience the process of these pieces. I want people to empathize with the desire to pinch, press, and manipulate their skin. My intent is to conjure sensation into drawing, while simultaneously broadening the way that people envision drawing.
Artist Bio / CV
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Seventh Heaven, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY.
Fragmentations of the Self, Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY.
NY Style, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY.
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.
Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT.
MFA in Painting
Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
BFA in Drawing