Slow Draw

The Ant’s Journey

In these line drawings, once again paper plays a significant role. The handmade, colored papers from Tibet and Nepal bear some evidence of the character and skills of those far-off paper makers, and through this, the work becomes an unspoken collaboration with them.

The controlled, meditative process of drawing line upon line demands exhaustive patience and abiding commitment. While the cumulative irregularities of my hand’s movements eventually evolve into rippling rhythms and forms, the serendipitous events require constant vigilance. The smallest quiver can become a broad gesture, and a sweeping movement may be reduced to nothing. Where and how lines start and stop, and when and how they intersect all are critical considerations. The image surfaces incrementally after making hundreds of slow, decisive journeys across the paper.

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