Drawing In Three Easy Steps is a playful extension of my RESIDUAL INK DRAWINGS project.
In this series, ink drawings are made by dipping marbles in reclaimed ink and then allowing them to roll over the surface of the paper. The marbles become a proxy to my hand while gravity and movement direct the outcome.
Following through with the strategies that I have set up in my RESIDUAL INK DRAWINGS project, I scan and reproduce the original drawing using digital technologies and an inkjet printer. The two prints are displayed side by side, setting up a tension between the “thing” and the representation of the “thing”. The materiality and appearance of the two prints are similar yet one is generated by chance directly from materials, the other is a photographic copy translated through digital data. The copy is never perfect and when placed beside its original twin, the slippage becomes apparent.
The works point to our subtle understanding of the photograph itself, in this case the drawing made from inkjet printing materials, as an object and places it between the world it describes and the one it inhabits. I invite the viewer to carefully examine the difference between the sensibility of touch and that which is derived from pixels and codes.
Within this project I play with the tropes and myths surrounding mid-century Abstract-Expressionistic painting while still subscribing to their power.