In developing Marks, I gravitated towards narrative and image-making simultaneously. We attempt to organize our lives around narrative convention although, in reality, our lives are composed of fleeting moments that have already passed by the time we take note of them. Part of our reliance on the narrative mode stems from our desire to communicate our experience to others. However, that communicated experience is inevitably edited, re-arranged, and re-imagined – ultimately resulting in an inability to accurately relay personal events.
My impulse to combine narrative – prose poetry – and image is directly related to the concept of the “Gesamtkunstwerk,” a total or ideal artwork, frequently associated with Richard Wagner. Wagner, like other artists of his time, sought to combine the arts into an all-inclusive and ultimately superior art form. I tackle this problematic in my endeavor, arguing that the visual medium is the dominant one. Our constant reliance on and infatuation with images points to their importance on how we comprehend the world.
Marks therefore becomes an exploration of mark-making in several forms: drawing, painting, writing, speaking, and sailing.
The featured drawing is a 30×22 inch graphite and walnut ink drawing on Arches paper. It is being displayed in the Norma R. Ory Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, through February.
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