Here’s a very recent ‘composite’ drawing, a series of short poses drawn on top of each other, which has unwittingly become a bit of a trademark. I do them to save time and paper but that’s clearly not all. I really enjoy the inability to control the end result and the illusion of various figures appearing to relate with each other in fleeting moments…self seeming to dance with self.
I’m exploring this effect of ‘stillness moving’ in painting as well as drawing. It’s the closest I’ve come to expressing, through art, something of the nondual nature of experience…this oneness appearing to be many.
I trained as a textile print designer and created fabric designs for fashion houses for several years after I graduated.
A print design on paper has to give an idea of how it would repeat across the fabric when it’s printed, so a finished design will look as if it were cut out of a larger area and give a sense of how the various motifs will recur.
This drawing has a leg going off the right-hand side…and coming back in on the left side, so that if you put the two edges together they would join up to complete the leg, just like a repeating design for a printed fabric.
As I was drawing the leg going off to the right I realised the space on the left was the perfect size and shape to contain the rest of the leg and feet…and it amused me to think of this image as a print design…very up-market and chic…maybe for a top couturier…
So now the question is…would you wear it? Assuming you could afford it of course ; )
Here’s one of the ‘composites’ I like to let happen with those quick warm-up poses at the start of a session. The feeling of movement in this one reminds me of Duchamp’s ‘Nude Descending A Staircase’…or those Eadweard Muybridge photo sequences if they were layered on top of each other.