Thursday, 16 January 2014

Main Concerns

These are my Current main concerns about my artwork specifically about my drawing practice.  I would like to share them with you as a start of an ongoing conversation.

The mark is the building block of any drawing.

Every mark has speed, direction and power. Together, they create the energy of the mark.

The energy of a drawing subsequently, is the collective energy of the marks that have gone into making it.

Harmony is the holy grail, and it depends only upon the relationship and interaction between the marks on any given surface.

Sometimes I sound like a scientist or a mathematician when I talk about drawing. I find drawing to be the emotional and sensual manifestation of mathematics.

Art is an interaction with the elements that could lead to producing a statement. In drawing, these elements are the medium, the instrument and the surface.

For example, using a wide range of brushes allows me to apply the same ink to the same paper in so many different ways.

Mark making is the foundation of both drawing and writing. That is why a mark can express and communicate shared human emotions.

I do not sketch or pre-design any of my pieces. Every drawing is a unique experience and part of this experience is the nature and the size of the surface.

I draw my marks as living forms. I want them to look alive and I want them to feel alive. I want them to carry human emotions.

Making a mark is an interaction of body movement with the medium, the instrument and the surface.
Therefore a drawing sometimes feels like the outcome of a dance.
I do not work on subjects anymore. Even when the drawings do express a subject, this is not intentional: I start with mark making and that usually over time takes me into a creative trance.

In my work I fear Repetition. Repetition is death for any artist.

I did not set out to be a performance artist. What happened is, I knew that mark making had a hypnotic effect on me. But then I started to notice that just watching me making my marks had a hypnotic effect on those who came often to visit my studio. And then when I thought about it I said “WHY NOT?” Maybe its just like a drum beat that has a hypnotic effect on both the drummer and his audience.

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