(archive) SONOGRAM DRAWINGS > Drawings

Looking at a sonogram image can be like looking through a perforated screen. The image of a child may become perfectly clear in a moment, then lost in static in the next. Before my daughter was born her placenta partially detached form the uterus, and as a result many sonograms images were made to monitor her progress. In response to these images I began a series of prints and drawings that explore this concept of thinking about the unknown while looking at coded or veiled information. In these works an equally familiar and confusing object is a surrogate for the pre-born child, and peripheral information seeks to attract a sense of context. In all of these images there is an interest in the absurd, the unnoticed, the unfathomable, and an unconscious wisdom.

This body of work is a re-investment in the process of drawing as thinking. With each of these images I try to generate questions instead of making statements. I try to work in a state that oscillates between resolving clarity of form and ambiguity of meaning. The drawings, stone lithographs, and etchings are achieved through layers of methodical marks, appropriated patterns, and veils of translucent color. In several of these prints I have collaborated by drawing the image with my daughter to introduce a dialog of different marks and unpredictability. The lithographs are also the raw source material for collages that aim to rethink or re-intuit the idea by recombining elements in provocative ways.

These images explore my subconscious hopes, fears, musings, and observations; the work is always one step ahead of my near comprehension. While these images are specifically compelling to my personal experience and relationships, they also aim to be a curious space to provoke the precarious quality of looking into a place where questions are born.

Apron Swaddle
Graphite and Ink on Paper
30" x 44"
2010
Sonogram Window Overlay
Dry-Erase Marker on Glass
8.5' x 12'
2010
OverlayII
Graphite on Paper
6" x 6"
2010
Overlay I
Graphite on Paper
6" x 6"
2010
Time's Mantle
Graphite on Paper
30" x 44"
2010
Swaddle Sequence
Graphite on Paper
24" x 6"
2010
A Story that Came Out of your Mouths
Graphite and Ink on Paper
30" x 44"
2010
Mixed Notions
Graphite and Ink on Paper
30" x 44"
2010
Descending with Attachments
Graphite and Ink on Paper
30" x 44"
2010
Pinch
Graphite and Ink on Paper
44" x 30"
2010
Tantrum Extinguisher
Graphite on Paper
21" x 20"
2010
Palindrome Litany
Graphite and Ink on Paper
44" x 30"
2010
Spinner Set
Graphite and Ink on Paper
44" x 30"
2010
Crowning Strain
Graphite and Ink on Paper
44" x 30"
2008
Egg Basket
Graphite and Ink on Paper
30" x 44"
2010
Twin Split
Graphite and Ink on Paper
30" x 44"
2008