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Cell Window

Ink on paper, 91.5 x 91.5 cm, 2009
In 2009 I began a series of drawings using felt-tipped markers. The initial urge to make these drawings was to rebel against the speed of the ‘working world.’ In creating these works, I set myself a number of challenges. The first was to discover a vast number and variety of shapes. The second was to make the drawings complex enough to provide visual interest and ideally, with the accumulation of shapes, to provide a visual intensity. The last challenge was to test my own endurance to cover larger and larger surfaces. The size of the individual shapes in the drawings range from 1 mm to 2.5 cm.

It was my intent that the tiny detailed shapes would be individual units in a larger population rather than read as texture. I also searched for large organizing structures for the tiny shapes. The shapes evoke forms in nature – single celled organisms, bacteria, plant cells, celestial bodies, mineral crystals, mollusks, gastropods, diatoms, fungus or molds but without direct reference.

 

Wabi Sabi Agnes Martin

(91.5 x 91.5 cm)

wabi sabi: (Japanese aesthetic thought) the acceptance of imperfections as part of the aesthetic qualities of an object.

Agnes Martin: (1912-2004) Her interest in Buddhist thought and her paintings with their pencil grids.

UPDATE- This work may now be viewed at the Rideau Centre, in the Simon’s Department Store, on the second floor near the customer service desk until July 2017.