Discovering Content Through Process
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Art Honors Theses; 2010
I use a method of transferring weathered table surfaces from drawing rooms onto paper using acetone. These surfaces have a distinct quality that I felt could be used in making a dynamic background. Planes of varnish that transfer onto the paper have a certain level of depth that creates a washed out sense of positive and negative space. In many instances I found that pencil, paint, and ink were able to react with the acetone as well. This highlighted the idea that I was collaborating, in a sense, with my peers. Some of the sketches and notes began to show up in my studies: a scratch from a utility knife, small bits of leftover tape, or ink stains on the table surface. These marks were not made by my hand but collected to make up what is now a drawing. Former students of drawing classes account for every mark in this work. It was their residual imprints that caught my attention. At first this was beyond my comfort level to have some variable notes and doodles in the transfer since I was most interested in the scratched grid-like varnish. As I spent more time making the work I was more comfortable allowing them to have a presence. They are a history of this surface. People were in these rooms long before me and had a hand in every mark that interested me. How old are these tables? How many projects were conceived here?
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