TRACE and related drawings

  • 9 lines of movement

    9 lines of movement

    In a continuation of the original '9 lines of movement' concept (from ideokinesis mentioned in an earlier post) I have begun to explore a few more diagramatic representations of instructions for moving the body. These have been deduced from the below early explorations of blindly drawing my feelings of how the body would move while listening to ideokinetic instruction.

    To begin with I blindly layered my drawn response to all 9 lines of movement onto one piece of paper (above). This was followed by separate drawings for each line of movement (see lines one and six below).

    In pursuit of a method to distil my more graphically charged reactions to the movement instructions I made a series of blind drawings focusing on representing imagined direction and pressure changes in the body and body parts. These were done in 2H pencil on parchment so are not very clear but I've included a few below to give the gist.

    These scrappy working drawings then informed the decision making for larger more technically drawn versions of each instruction. Below are technical-styled drawings for lines 4 and 8 (4.aligning sternum with occiput/base of skull & 8.shortening the length between T12 in ribcage and pubic synthesis).

    From here I will be bringing together the various techniques/styles and explorations of the 'ideokinesis' theme as I have approached them. Using tracing paper I will be collecting and combining elements from disparate drawings into proposals for new drawings. My plan is to exhibit these 'proposals' with masking tape in tow as a method for revealing a more raw part of the drawing development process as opposed to the 'finished' product.

  • TRACE: unforeseen project trajectory 1.1

    TRACE: unforeseen project trajectory 1.1

    As seen in the previously posted work 'Blue prints for structural hygiene' my process begun by buillding up layers of anatomical drawings. The drawing method used could loosley be considered as 'blind contour' in the sense that the layers were made with an often continuous line while observing skeltons or anatomical text books (or purely from my imagination) without ever looking at the page during the drawing process.

    Blue print for structural hygiene: coccyx (base layers) using 'blind contour'drawing  technique

    On viewing the completed drawings for the first time I found it quite interesting to see how my concept of space and scale would warp when my hand was not under the supervision of a constantly correcting eye. Motivated by a desire to visually quantify or document the accumulative degrees of my spacial misperception over time I began to do long closed-eyed drawings of how I imagined my face to look, including written annotations.

    Hypochondriac 2, quick and dirty snap (detail) pencil on paper

    Without opening my eyes I would draw and re-draw my imagined face several times on the same sheet of paper, trying as best as I could to line up each new version exactly with the previous.
    The result was a strange scramble of lines words and numbers surrounding tiny islands of vaugely recognisable facial features. In the process of drawing I became hyper-aware and sensitive to the sensations occuring in my face. For this reason this trajectory body of drawings are called 'Hypochondriac' 1, 2, 3 and 4.

    Hypochondriac 1, quick and dirty snap, pencil on paper

    I repeated the excercise as several separate drawings, using different pencil lead densities to differentiate between layers. I tried my best also to number each series of marks made for each layer, for example marks 1.1,1.2,1.3 and 1.4 all pertained to layer '1' while  2.1,2.2,2.3 etc pertain to layer '2'.

    Hypochondriac 1, quick and dirty snap (misgivings diagram detail) pencil on paper

    Once the drawing was 'completed' I began to measure the distance between points in different layers that I had thought (in blindness) were in the exact same spot as a way of quantifying my spacial misperceptions. I then recorded the degree of each misperception with a protractor. At the bottom of the page on 'Hypochondriac 1' I used these measurements to draw a tidy little diagram quantifying my misperceptions for the drawing. This was then followed by additional annotations such as 'fallable memory' where I realised some mistakes I had made in my blind drawing state.

  • TRACE: develpoments

    TRACE: develpoments

    A collection of more quick and dirty snaps from today's work. Building base layers for the next series of 'Blueprints for structural hygiene'

    1: Structural hygiene: Ribs

    2. Structural hygiene: coccyx

    3. Structural hygiene: Pelvis

    4.Structural hygiene: femur

  • Another day in the studio: Preparations for TRACE group exhibition

    Another day in the studio: Preparations for TRACE group exhibition






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    Today I'm working on a series of new drawings  for the upcoming group show TRACE at Mundaring Arts Centre, WA. Each drawing is breeding a mutant trajectory of itself. These threads are slowly creeping the length of my studio.

    I love this turbulent relationship with the tangential nature of a drawing practice. This new body of work for TRACE explores the way that new drawing ideas often come during the physical act of drawing itself, and from viewing the chance relationships that occur between lines once marks are made on the paper's surface.

    A quick and dirty snap: Blue prints for structural hygiene i, pencil and masking tape on tracing and watercolour paper 2014

    I have begun with a series of drawings called 'Blue prints for structural hygiene', a cluster of works which explore methods for physically visualising the 9 lines of movement used in Ideokinesis. The theme comes as a continuation of a long held fascination with the subject of the human body and anatomy and how we physically experience embodiment.

    As my drawings develop I will following different lines of (unforseen) drawing-based inquiry, letting the process and experience of each drawing tell me where to go next.The resulting body of work will document the flow and development of ideas that come from the physical act of making lines on a page.

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