Balance - Drawing
Graphite and Charcoal on Paper
14 x 11 inches (unframed)
Has white border around edge
In this drawing, a figure balances herself on a narrow branch of an oddly shaped tree on the edge of a cliff. An expansive landscape extends in the distance. She hovers over an ocean as she reaches up to grab some berries. The tree supports her weight as her labia wraps around the branch. Is this an uncomfortable or pleasurable situation?
Self-balance consists of being in a state of proper equilibrium - in harmony, love, and peace with oneself. We have no control over what happens in the world, events may be disruptive or challenging to our lives, but we always have a choice in how we respond. Even amongst difficulties and struggles in the external world, one can choose to keep a balance within.
General Statement about my Self Care Project
My work focuses on images taken from my memories, dreams, and experiences of female intimacy. My images re-invent themes that have interested me all of my life: reality and illusion, voyeuristic impulses, our relationship with our environment, and existential dichotomies.
Dealing with a persistent virus has instigated a new direction in my work, with the central theme being Self Care. A single woman lives in isolation in each of my drawings and paintings. She inhabits wild environments and has developed a symbiotic relationship with the landscape. The female figures embody the wild woman archetype and reflect the landscape around them: arms open up like flowers, legs mirror the bends of the river, bodies twists like tree trunks. The repetition of natural elements, like leaves or waves, evokes a sense of abundant beauty and simultaneously remains on the verge of overflowing and consuming the figures.
When I create my images, I rely on nature's beauty, poetics, and sensuality as it allows me to counteract the uneasy feelings I experience concerning my existential questions. There is always a moment of tension in my images, which fluctuates between pleasure and pain, power and vulnerability, life and death. The woman in my drawings embraces these dichotomies, the possible danger, the fear, the futility. She is aware that she is a part of the seasons of life; birth, change, decay, regeneration. The female figures in these works inspire how I would like to live my life. Stripped off material possessions, social relationships, and facial recognition, these women show us the value of being human and remind us what we can learn from nature; its resilience, adaptability, and ultimately, its celebration of life.
Interview with the Dig Boston about my Self Care project
Animation of Balance