I consider my process one of experimentation, and that is how I approached this sketchbook. My work focuses on abstract representations created from photographs and drawings. For this specific project, I selected about half of the images from prior drawings of mine – some more fleshed out, and some less complete, on index cards. From this, fragmented, geometric, and implied forms make up the majority of my work, though my practice often includes portraiture.
My multi media approach is one of both digital and tactile processes and provides me with an abundance of possibilities. Although the sketchbook centers around the tactile, I sketch digitally also. The digital process allows me to to arrive at a point that I am content with, after exploring multiple avenues and possibilities. A critical awareness of the subtleties generated by the process of art-making has always been a powerful source of inspiration for me. I see the process as equally important to the end product. My approach allows for each piece to provide information for what is needed in the artwork.
I find inspiration from objects of everyday life: I enjoy the subtleties and nuances of life and seek to capture that daily with photographs and sketches. I often use these photographs as reference and source material for the pieces I create. I use sketching and sketchbooks to transform the image and detach it from its initial meaning.
In deciding to incorporate existing art I have created, and contrast it with new work, displayed together, in the form of a single sketchbook I have given the work new context. By repurposing existing ideas, my aim is to comment on the process of being human. In capturing everyday moments and reflecting on the past as this project has helped me to do, the sketchbook serves as a commentary on the fleeting moments of life: as fragmented memories that reflect the transitory nature of life and time.
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