Often when people think about special happenings, places or interesting people, they can see a blurry and fantasy like still image memoir from those events and experiences – the most perfect image, an icon of that specific instance. It can be a raised eyebrow, movement of fabric, slight smile, or a feeling associated to visiting a new environment. These icons, which are meaningful and rich sporadic instances – yet easily vanishing – I am fascinated to capture and (re)produce.
My Live Action Drawings – an ongoing artistic project that I started in 2007 – are direct, energetic, spontaneous and intuitive representations. By capturing only the essence, they are expressions of moments, experiences and feelings such as short interactions with live models, drawing backstage at fashion shows or capturing the show at concerts or the theater. Inspired by the current popular culture, I draw mostly human figures, but in an abstracted and expressive manner by using techniques of fine arts such as in (Neo) Expressionism.
As a drawer I like to experiment with different techniques but choose them according to each situation. I use mostly gouache, spray paint, markers, glitter, pastels, pochoir and pencils on paper. Often I combine wet and dry media to add richness and layers to the drawings. And recently, I have been working extensively with incorporating make-up products and techniques.
The scale of my drawings is not of much concern, but the carrier needs to be sufficiently spacious to allow necessary freedom of movement. Instead of just using hands or arms to move the marker, I use my whole body to connect with moment, expression and feeling to picture my physical and esthetical reaction to the subject and the creation process. This approach is instrumental in my artistic expression. The act of drawing becomes a performance.
Moving my body in different rhythms results in different type of brush or pencil strokes affecting the esthetical aspect of the result. Each performance and artistic product is a unique production as much as people’s memoirs of those events and experiences. My art then becomes a vehicle for people to visualize and bring endlessly to a more conscious level such meaningful sporadic moments.
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