Thursday Thoughts: Avoiding Contrived Art

Close-up of a new drawing: Mist, Ash, Dust

Close-up of a new drawing: Mist, Ash, Dust. I used this piece to experiment with the possibilities of ink, graphite, and graphite suspended in water. The complete drawing is 40″x10″ and took 35 hours. 

When making art about something (a work of literature, for example) it is difficult to avoid being contrived. My method is to spend time exploring my materials with no agenda other than discovery. This allows me to develop a broad visual vocabulary. Then when I sit down to “illuminate” a story or poem my ideas are phrased in this visual language rather than direct one-to-one symbols. I hope this language grows more subtle and complex as I continue to develop my practice.

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