Documentation of In time’s furrows

I’ve just received some new images of my wall drawing at Queen Street Studios. Have a look to see the drawing in a different light. I’m not sure if the drawing itself has lost tone over this past month, or if it is related to the light. Either way, I like how it seems already to be disappearing.

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Dépouiller un oiseau de ses plumes en les arrachant.

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J’ai déplumer un faisan.

Faisan

Genre d’oiseau de l’ordre des gallinacés.

Le roi Crésus, assis sur un trône tout incrusté de diamants et de pierres précieuses, orné de son diadème et couvert d’or et de pourpre, demandait à Solon s’il avait jamais vu quelque chose de plus beau?

“Oui, lui répondit le philosophe, j’ai vu les faisans et les paons.”

Le faisan a été découvert et rapporté par les Argonautes des bords du Phase, d’où il tire son nom; de la Grèce il a passé à Rome, et de Rome dans le reste de l’Europe.

La chair du faisan est peut-être la plus délicate et la plus sapide qui se puisse trouver; on le sert rôti, cuit à la braise, en filet sauté, en escalopes et an salmis; quand on l’apprête a la braise, on peut le servir sur une sauce aux truffes, à la Périgueux, sur un ragoût d’olives tournées ou sur une litière de choucroute. L’auteur de la Henriade a fait sure le faisan un poème qui vau mieux que son poème sure le Béarnais.

Il n’a qu’un vers:

L’oiseau de Phase et un mets pour les dieux

– Alexandre Dumas, Mon dictionnaire de cuisine

Studying textures

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For me, one of the appeals of a residency is the space (physical and mental) to allow the natural development of a new project. This is helped by choosing the right residency of course! I’m so glad to have put myself in a space this year where my mind and body and senses are being fed with new (and in this case ancient) experiences—the markets and textures and histories of Paris; the stone work and moss and food culture of rural France. I don’t always know how this will filter through in my work. But I’m learning to trust my instincts, then critique each move after the fact.

The early stages of a project (for me) usually comes hand in hand with some uncertainty, but in my experience, that’s where good work starts. Last year, I’d drawn Feather and Fur. Unsure of exactly where I was going with these two drawings, I tucked them into the Farm collapsing series of drawings. I think they hold together as drawings in their own right. In the greater picture, they serve as studies for the larger wall pieces I’m developing.

Since being in Caylus, I’ve continued in a similar vein, drawing with the eraser and charcoal on mylar.The time to reflect, research, draw and work on several drawings at one time has been so beneficial to my work. I am starting to develop an understanding of a larger project. In the meantime, I aim to keep drawing, and have each of these early “studies” of various textures and materials exist as independent works.

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