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There are many types of meetings. I realize that I am lucky that almost every meeting I attend with artists and educators introduces a creative prompt, some thinking framework or mapping of ideas. Last month there was a flurry of good ones that I wanted to share.

At a department meeting number of us were asked to identify with these categories: Prisoner, Vacationer, Sophisticate or Explorer. I could not make any meaningful connections to these categories. I felt captive to the ideas of order and roles created by someone I did not agree with. I pushed back and took the liberty to sketch and alternative reality:

Cosmic Disturbance, Recursive, Box or Portal? These metaphors fit. They work for me and I believe others who do not feel represented by the proposed categories that held judgements.

It is important to test out your schema with demographics other than the ones you identify with.

In another meeting we used metaphor to enhance our understanding. Items were placed on the table below the surface of the paper. Rubbings were made using graphite and crayon to reveal what is just below the surface. This page became the surface that held my notes.

 

Attending a Healing Informed Workshop there were several art making prompts. Blind contour portraits, writing and mapping energy. There were 2 phases to this drawing and mapping prompt. The second, top layer was drawn on acetate. I really loved how the two images lined up holding all of the magic and energy at the center.

 

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91 feet left

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I have been constructing a long and narrow artwork.  It is so long that I can only work on 3ft. sections at a time with some image overlap between sections. The results are a perfect random wallpaper or a super textile – the work tells the story of graphic pattern and image repeat. Very much a memoir charting the graphic attention span of a ‘creative’. The work is intermittent – not a focus of daily practice although in so many ways this project is suited to a regiment of daily practice it is beyond me.

The paper I am using is re-purposed. A Texas Instruments product: a scroll of graph paper to chart heartbeat or maybe cheating if used in a lie detector. Several times in the past year I have watched my Mother’s irregular and halting heartbeat scroll across the ER monitors. It simultaneously supports a knowing and an unraveling that hypnotizes the loved one on call.

The title of this piece, a roll 11″ wide is taken from the margins of the paper which reports  at the end which is my beginning: 91 feet left

91ft7 91ft11

 

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details

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Fragments from a print or mixed media drawing are as interesting to me as the larger composition. Completed works are always in danger of being cut and torn into bits to reassemble in a new way, that at the time I find to be more interesting.

 

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Pantograph drawings

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A pantograph is an old school, archaic device that allows you to trace an image and enlarge it. It looks like 4 wooden rulers attached in a janky sort of way that creates a square or rectangle. One of the 4 points is anchored while another point traces relaying the dimensions to a 3rd point with a 2.0 lead that transfers the original larger or smaller depending upon how you have it set up. A fourth point is set to float at the correct height to steady the device without making a mark. I sometimes rig it so the tracing point is also making a mark. The drawings in progress look like this:

 

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