The discipline of creating a drawing each day is a process, like a written diary, to clear the mind, to declutter thoughts, and to observe patterns. It is a method that allows the mind a freedom to wander and drift. A visual journal becomes a safe space for personal reflection, a self-awareness fueled by the opportunity for contemplation and immersion.
The painted surface for the drawings was created by dividing five large paintings into 40 separate pieces. I chose five paintings from my Perspective Series (1993-94), which relied on day-to-day imagery that narrated a story about shifting time and how time anchors our day. The brush strokes of Perspectives are fluid, with muted colors â€“ moving from deep blacks to taupe whites. Dividing these pieces was a means for me to rethink ideas and recurring images in my older work.
The very thin gold leaf applied to each piece has a wonderful amber tone. This gold leaf is from Myanmar, where it is used as decoration for Buddha or for the dome of a temple or monastery. In the drawings, the gold element relates to the sense of infinity, like the sky in an enclosed courtyard.
An architectural element is a critical component in my studio work that I wanted to carry over into these pieces. I envisioned a courtyard, a safe space that opens up to the sky. Unfolding circles define the beginnings of an open interior space.
The process felt open-ended. It was an opportunity to get lost in thought and to give me an opportunity to reflect, muse and declutter my thinking. Then repeat. 40 days.