Folded Drawings... / by Karen Anne Glick

 

There is so much I have to write about that my thoughts are tumbling all over the place. I really have no idea of the best place to start in sharing all that has happened since I last posted...

So... I've decided to start with today and work my way backwards. Maybe that will work, maybe it won't, but beginning somewhere is what is most important - in any endeavor, so here goes!

We've been traveling a lot and I'm still not back in my studio, but one of my favorite stops in all this going hither and thither was The Drawing Center in New York where I took in the current exhibition - Drawing Dialogues: Selections from the Sol LeWitt Collection. One of the works that really drew me in was by Dorthea Rockburne  - titled "Drawing Which Makes Itself, London Drawing #3, 1973". It was a square of heavy white paper with lines created by folding. The light in the gallery added another dimension, shifting the emphasis on the various lines as I changed my viewing position. Simple. Perfect. Magical.

This afternoon, thinking more about that piece, I decided to fold some of the small (4x6 inches) pieces of heavy watercolor paper I had brought with me. Ms Rockburne had folded the paper in one direction if I remember correctly - back to front - so the lines were into the paper. I did the same, but was really intrigued to discover that made the lines on the reverse raised  - as if on top of the paper - and, so, quite prominent! After a few different foldings, I decided to see what would happen if I smudged graphite over the lines as I've done in some of my embossed drawings, but since I didn't have that with me, I used the matte eyeshadows from my makeup bag. 

The few little samples I made have gotten me really excited to work more on this idea when I get back home. I have some lovely BIG sheets of paper that should work nicely. It will be fun to see how different papers react when folded both in and out and if I will find the same pronounced lines as I did in these small experiments. 

Here are a few photos of my experiments. The third one shows the lines when the paper is folded inward. The last photo is of two of the experiments placed side by side - which opens up even more ways to change or expand the work.

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I'm looking forward to see where these will lead.

"Drawing is the bones of thought." - Dorthea Rockburne