Title

Becoming Indefinite

Lead Author Major

Studio Art

Format

Senior Art and Design Exhibition

Faculty Mentor Name

Jennifer Little

Faculty Mentor Department

Studio Art

Abstract/Artist Statement

“Becoming Indefinite” is a series of figurative charcoal drawings on grey toned paper. These figure drawings are mounted inside handmade shadow box frames. This series steers away from the traditional form of framing two dimensional work closely to the wall. Since my figures were placed in a box, I felt as though they should also be framed in one. My inspirations derive from traditional marble sculptures, figure drawings, and paintings. My process for creating the charcoal drawings started out with photographing friends and relatives inside a clear Plexiglas box. These photos are referenced when drawing on grey toned paper. The beginning of a drawing starts out with light gestural marks, and proportions are worked out in this stage as well. Once I lock in the gestural shapes I want to use, I start to abstract selected areas, and refining other selected areas with more detail. To create more depth, I had help constructing shadow box frames to place the drawings in. “Becoming Indefinite” explores how the human figure interacts within a given confinement and how self-awareness can derive from that. The figure begins to interact with the confinement in which it exists, and eventually becomes more psychologically aware of one’s self. Contemplation, escape, and defeat are all features of these captive figures that are in the box. Emergence from the darkness can be an unsettling attempt at escaping the boundaries, and the attempt to find comfort is seemingly impossible.

Location

Reynolds Art Gallery

Start Date

20-4-2015 6:00 PM

End Date

9-5-2015 8:00 PM

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Becoming Indefinite

Reynolds Art Gallery

“Becoming Indefinite” is a series of figurative charcoal drawings on grey toned paper. These figure drawings are mounted inside handmade shadow box frames. This series steers away from the traditional form of framing two dimensional work closely to the wall. Since my figures were placed in a box, I felt as though they should also be framed in one. My inspirations derive from traditional marble sculptures, figure drawings, and paintings. My process for creating the charcoal drawings started out with photographing friends and relatives inside a clear Plexiglas box. These photos are referenced when drawing on grey toned paper. The beginning of a drawing starts out with light gestural marks, and proportions are worked out in this stage as well. Once I lock in the gestural shapes I want to use, I start to abstract selected areas, and refining other selected areas with more detail. To create more depth, I had help constructing shadow box frames to place the drawings in. “Becoming Indefinite” explores how the human figure interacts within a given confinement and how self-awareness can derive from that. The figure begins to interact with the confinement in which it exists, and eventually becomes more psychologically aware of one’s self. Contemplation, escape, and defeat are all features of these captive figures that are in the box. Emergence from the darkness can be an unsettling attempt at escaping the boundaries, and the attempt to find comfort is seemingly impossible.