An Albuquerque Public School System image archive collected from the 1950’s-60’s was donated to me. I was most interested in the vintage folders themselves. I tore each one in half at the fold to draw on. As part of my art practice I go to weekly figure drawing groups. In figure drawing, I am fast, furious and heavy handed as I carve my line out of space. Each week I draw, go back to the studio, paint over, collage over and write over the parts that don’t seem to be working. I go back to figure drawing and redraw, then cut, paste, paint, and draw and draw and draw until I get something that speaks to me. I never throw anything out. I work and rework until I discover a story evolving. In this piece you can see the layering of the figures combined with collaged graph paper, hand lettering, and stenciling. The folder figures are a limited-edition series of drawings; I only have a certain amount of them and when they are done, that’s it.
acrylic, paint, collage, stencils, china marker, pen, pencil, marker, gel medium, glue,