Ink Drawings of Trees Read about project
Woods and Waterways
The perceptual language of drawing, how it notates and translates the processes of looking, informs much of what I make regardless of medium. Movement and rhythm, specifically lines of sight and the rhythms of perception of the moving eye are ongoing preoccupations.
My drawings of trees are about visual filters and modifying a language of shapes and marks to convey flow and rhythm. Seemingly solid, a tree holds volumes of air. The air eddies and swirls among its clefts, and the tree moves and gestures. Much of the vocabulary of movement- of exhalation and inspiration- reflects the capillary processes of trees. The fractal attenuation of trunks to twigs parallels the circulatory systems of humans and of rivers. An aerial photograph of the Mississippi Delta resembles a tree. Histologies from the brain’s seat of sensory and motor control look like trees.