April Small Spider, 2007
Carbon on primed panel
24 x 37 in.
I draw life. I use the word draw to mean extract, like to draw
blood or draw a breath. During each drawing experience, I attempt to
surrender self while I distill the life of the subject through
mark-making. Because in this endeavor my most honest marks are the
first ones, the drawings on these panels are collections of only the
raw, initial renderings of life. Each panel contains only one individual animal,
drawn several times. One beetle, one spider, one bird. These
drawings are not pictures of the physical structure of the animals,
rather they are documents of a focused experience of empathy with
another living thing.