A New Series of Gestural Drawings of Dancers for 2019
The Chinese Stamp Pencil on Paper
The stamp in this pencil drawing was from Taiwan. The stamp, the key, and the piece of cork were rendered from studying these textures under a magnifying glass in 1980. The drawing was not completed until 2018. The stamp in this drawing proved to be presentient in a number of ways. A year after started the drawing, I would find myself in the People's Republic of China. Two years after that I became the first American to matriculate in the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Art, where I continued to study Chinese and train in traditional Chinese painting. Years later, when I uncovered this drawing, I found that I could read the words that were initially just abstract shapes to me. The painting on the stamp had significance as well, for it was a reproduction of a silk painting by Lang Shi Ning. This painter was not, in fact, Chinese, but an immigrant from Italy who trained in China and worked his way up through the ranks to become a court painter.
Women Washing Laundry in Sicily, 1944
The Mysteries, after Walter Kozachek
This charcoal drawing is from a series of images based upon my father's black and white photographs from World War Two. He served on The Wyfells, a destroyer escort in the Mediterranean Campaign. Most of my father's images were of the people he encountered in the ports along the Mediterranean. The women in this drawing are washing clothes. I altered the image to depict a hurricane in the water and the elipses that occur during a solar eclipse. Both of these events happened in the year I made this drawing.
Pencil on Paper. 9" x 12" This drawing is an amalgam of a figure study and a large invasive species of black slug that I saw in the mountains of Norway. I incorporated this image in to one of my books in progress, You Look Great! Making Invisible Disease Visible. The figure has stylized stretch marks on her thighs!