graphite drawings in this series, based on news images of war-related
explosions, are made up of slowly accumulated lines. This is a meticulous
process to describe a sudden and ephemeral event. The photographic images,
found on the internet, are ubiquitous and, despite the specificity of each
plume of smoke, convey a sense of anonymity. I follow the details of form and
light with as much accuracy as possible, eliminating any elements that indicate
the location and scale of the actual event.
Smoke Rises: Traces
In these ink-on-canvas
works I refer
to enlarged details of the graphite drawings, recording and reiterating tiny
marks, extending the scope of contemplation to my own work and to artmaking
paintings in the group from 2007 on begin with a gestural mark contained within
ruled lines. The mark is then reiterated—and sometimes obscured—by tracing it
or painting the negative space around it. This slow and measured method of
presenting the initially spontaneous gesture is a meditation on the art-making
The materials used are India
ink and colored pencil, applied to both sides of translucent synthetic paper.
In some of the drawings, graphic tapes are also used. These adhesive tapes with
dashed or dotted lines are obsolete tools that I worked with years ago, in the
fields of graphic design and publishing. In some of the drawings I’ve partially or completely deleted the drawn marks,
or added color to the space around them.