Monday, March 28, 2011

200 Drawings

As a starting point for this project, I went back to the etymology of 'draw'. The word 'tragen' in German is particularly evocative; meaning to bear, carry, pull or drag.

I was also occupied with the notion that although the act of drawing is often associated with the freedom of expression, it is also fundamentally related to the idea of bearing a burden. Philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty articulated this with his expression 'the labour of vision.'

To draw means to act upon something and make it move; it is traction, or friction that makes drawing possible.

Working on this exercise, I remembered Marcell Jankovics interpretation of Sisyphus (1974) from Greek mythology. His short film is an excellent example of using a few expressive lines to imply lines of action, weight, movement and stress. 

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