Project 1: Body gesture – Smallest to largest reach
The coursemateral relates to this exercise as a ‘series of warm up exercises or a meditation of sorts’. What made me think of actually using this exercise as a daily meditation exercise. It demands my presence and my awareness of the act of drawing, it is a physical as well as sensual exercise. Could this relate to a kind of choreographic activity in space and time?
To record my mark making is not new to as I already applied this as a ‘reflection tool’ during drawing 1 and my personal project – my blog post and a video recording of my assignment work.
Therefore I wanted to explore further my awareness of the following aspects:
- my senses and my physical condition
- space and time and my movement under those conditions
- presence of my body and its relationship with the drawing surface and my drawing media
- my consciousness (contemplative, anxious, exhausted, excited etc.)
- being recorded, and possible impact on the way I draw
- rythm and breath
- quality of line
My tools and media:
– drawing paper, roll (width 70cm, 170 g/sqm)
– tracing paper, roll (width 70cm, 110 g/sqm)
– willow and compressed charcoal stick
– video camera and still camera, tripod
– daylight lamps (2x)
– Studio wall (plywood panels)
I decided to work at my studio wall, an installation og plywood panel attached to the wall. A system that I use for my art therapy practice (an introduction video for those who are interested in how I work, german language). It works quite well for my art practice as I tend to work either at the wall or on the floor. I like to slighty flexible tension of the wooden panels. To work at an easel feels at time quite restrictive for me (space and posture)
I will explore various options of seperated and combined drawings by:
- Body restrictions: using my fingers only, plus my wrist, plus my lower arm, plus my upper arm/shoulder, right hand only, both hand, left hand only
- Size of support
I am going to set up a double camera system, one looking sideways at my arm and body movement, and the other looking at my hand, charcoal, and surface. I will record audio to capture the sound of my mark makings and my own body ‘sounds’.