My materials are living beings.
Paper steadily breaths as pencil moves on the surface.
Frame stands tall, proudly displaying the fabric’s taught appearance.
Canvas rejects liquid, needing to be wooed by the touch of brush.
Then, it retreats into itself as water absorbs.
Graphite crawls, seeping into the threads of canvas, weeping.
It whispers while crossing over paper, grunting when it breaks through.
Remaining grounded in the moment, I notice these happenings.
In these moments, the materials become an extension of myself.
To create this work, I used 9B graphite pencil, graphite powder, and eraser on paper. Through the process of covering each surface, I explored hard and soft marks as well as the marks of removal. My goal was to examine materials, while leaving evidence of intense labor. My intentions were to emote through my mark making so that the final result projected an aura of what I was feeling; I wanted to elicit empathy from my viewers with this piece.