Body: Flesh and Bone is an abstract, genderless, figurative drawing composition. Figure drawing requires that one look at shape relationships to construct form. Whether it is toward the goals of form, function or both, most everyone has the capacity to build a body to a certain degree. Aside from natural or unnatural vulnerabilities, we are each given a starting point or framework that can be transformed into a version that is healthy or not, based on personal quests and
From my mind, to my body, standing, squatting, stretching, I make graphite marks using a hard edge as a boundary line. Amidst varied speed and pressure points, each mark is birthed and brought to rest with weight and movement, resembling the weaving process. Ann Hamilton
makes a connection between the woven material and touch in her work habitus as she states, ‘cloth is the body’s first architecture; it protects, conceals and reveals; it carries a body’s weight, swaddles at birth, covers in sleep and in death.’
As the human body is continually moving and changing positions and dimensions over time, Body: Flesh and Bone is an installation that is intended to shift each time it is reconstructed for a new environment. For now, this installation is a living drawing and as in contemporary physiology, contains varied interchangeable parts. What meaning can be captured from the sense of touch within what we make? What can the living sense when visually interpreting residual physical traces in drawings? Through the meditative yet thoughtful experience of making, I build and think as I draw.
Genderless, the abstract drawing installation aims to open up ideas about the body beyond sexuality toward functional human figure in action. What are the challenges that we face as individuals with our own bodies? Beyond the body as a figurative object, I am most interested in how we connect our mind and body as a form of human need to be a moving, thinking machine. As in this drawing installation, bodies have lines and curves with varied shapes and dimensions. Learning about the body by placing emphasis on wellness, form and function is essential to building a body that is most viable to live in.
Crafting ourselves is a starting place for individuals to express who they are and what they are about. Body: Flesh and Bone intends to capture through touch, from mind to hand, an abstracted human form as if mapping a capacity to reconstruct our anatomy using centrifugal forces in dynamic perception.
– LaDawna Whiteside