I've been a visual artist since I discovered the magic of making marks on paper in a Drawing elective class at Harvard 30 years ago. This is my sixth year of The Sketchbook Project. I started this sketchbook with a simple concept I call "drawriting": draw on one side of the paper and write on the back. As usual for me, the process of creating my sketchbook is never simple and usually ends up in a totally unexpected place. There are lots of standstills and standoffs. The next part involved covering up many of the drawings and blacking out the writing. Then collage entered as a way to get back light space. After much laborious work, I became so frustrated with how messed up and ugly the sketchbook got, and how far from the simple concept of drawing, that I cut out all the pages. I picked out thick drawing paper and glued it into the sketchbook, relieved at the prospect of starting over. I am using mostly fountain pen to draw with and some simple washi tape to draw on top of. For the first time in years, I have less pages than I began with, as the paper is much thicker. I am back to the concept of drawing as a way to tell the truth, no hiding in collage or paint, just lines and marks, shapes and images, heads, faces, leaves, pure process. At the same time, in this process, something has emerged that is a confluence of different ideas I've been working with for years, self-portraits, botanical inspired drawings and floating buildings, all coming from the simple front and back covers- what mind is emerging from my mind and what's coming from that mind? After serious work, I found a place of play where a headstand on a mushroom and a mushroom growing out of a head converge...
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