I returned to the Gonzaga campus last month at the close of the Drawn to the Wall exhibition to join with my fellow artists in painting over our drawings. However, they still exist in this 3 minute video, Drawn to the Wall V, which includes the artists at work on their drawings, the opening reception, and wall restoration.
Elaine at opening with “Two Phobias”
Since this exhibit, I’ve continued to work with silverpoint. It’s a nice change from charcoal: using a silver wire the thickness of a paper clip rather than a fist-size chunk of messy charcoal–spending hours building up darkness and tiny details with line, instead of the gray values made with the smear of a hand across charcoal on paper.
You can see the final image, statement, and details of the drawing Two Phobias at my website blackthumbart.com, and read an essay by Sheri Boggs in the Jundt Art Museum catalog.
Thanks to photographer Christian Woods and videographer Matt Green for their documentation of the Drawn to the Wall V Exhibit.
Drawn to the Wall V Exhibit, “Two Phobias”
-photo by Christian Woods
To a phobic, the depth of fear is wholly out of proportion to the actual threat. Fear of the moon—why is madness called lunacy? Musophobia—even the thought of mice or rats can induce states ranging from panic to paralysis. Two Phobias explores out-sized fear in an over-sized medium.
On the work itself, the isolation of space has been enhanced by hand-rubbing charcoal into the chalkboard paint background. Features of the moon are charcoal over white gesso. The mice are drawn hair-by-hair with a silverpoint stylus, a technique I learned at a British Museum workshop in Elizabethan art materials; the images will change over time as the silver reacts to its environment.
Here are some photos, taken in August, as I worked on my wall drawing:
Day #3, making the moon
Loo and Moo discuss drawing processes
Day #8, life-size silverpoint mice
Kurt Madison adds a patina to the silverpoint
1440 Main, view from the front doorway, 1968
My hometown of St. Maries Idaho is having it’s centennial celebration this year, and in the nostalgic spirit of remembering the past, I drew seven images of places and events…from memory. As I tried to remember specifics…was it four windows or five in a classroom…I found some details were clear while others were hazy.
Highway 3 near Golf Course Road, Halloween wreck, 1969
These charcoal drawings of places and events, circa 1967-69, contain a degree of unreliability. I cannot claim they are completely truthful representations since they are based on memories that after more than four decades, are prone to exaggeration, misinterpretation and alteration.
Six of the drawings are hanging as pairs in storefront windows on St. Maries’ Main Street, between 8th and 10th streets. They will be up through Labor Day and the Paul Bunyan Days Celebration. Thank you Les Schwab, American Title Company, and Pizza Factory for displaying the work.
This week I’ve been drawing at the Jundt Art Museum on the Gonzaga campus, in Spokane. I joined four other artists, Margot Casstevens, Kurt Madison, Carl Richardson, and Roger Ralston in an invitational exhibition, Drawn to the Wall V. We each have a museum wall, about 8 by 12 feet, as our drawing surface, and two weeks to complete our work. I don’t want to be a spoiler so I’ll show just a few photos now, and more pics after the opening.
The exhibition opens September 6, with a reception September 12, 6-8 pm. The following morning we will join the Jundt Director/Curator for a museum walk-through, September 13, at 10:30 am. The show closes October 12.
Unhomelike #10, Her Head
A fabulous show just opened, Making a Mark: Drawing in Oregon, and three of my drawings from the Unhomelike Series are included. There will be a reception April 12, 5:30-7:30 at the Arts Center, and two special lectures are scheduled. April 18th, Andrew Myers will talk about his work and the significance of drawing. Clint Brown, OSU Professor Emeritus will give an historical overview with images from art history on May 3rd.
The Arts Center • 700 SW Madison Ave. Corvallis, OR • 12-5, Tue-Sat
Unhomelike #5, Bent
Clint Brown is the juror for this year’s annual exhibit Au Naturel:The Nude in the 21st Century. He’s a professor Emeritus at Oregon State University and the author of two books on art, and my neighbor…we recently met and I discovered he lives just over the hill.
I’ve participated in Au Naturel in the past (first place award and solo show, 2007) and am happy to be included again this year. Clint chose two of my drawings, Balanced and Three Chairs.
In 2007 while living in Idaho, my husband and I strapped my over-sized drawing to our car roof for the drive to Astoria. That’s not an option I consider anymore- bubble wrap can chafe plexiglass, even inside a box, at 60 mph in a headwind.
The exhibit runs from February 21st – March 28, 2013. An opening reception is Thursday, March 7 at 6:00 pm.
Clatsop Community College, The Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Ave. Astoria, Oregon.
Click here more information and images at the Au Naturel Exhibit.
I’m heading to Idaho with new work for a show that opens Friday, August 10. Carey Weigand and I will be joining forces- her sculptures and my drawings- for a clay and charcoal synergy!
The opening reception is part of Coeur d’Alene’s ArtWalk, from 5-8. I will give a drawing demonstration in the gallery from 1-4 on Saturday, August 11.
The show will be up through September 8, at The Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave, open every day from 11-6.