Movement Studies: (Un)Done
marker on cotton paper, wool and silk handspun yarn, bamboo knitting needles, and video
This body of work explores the constant play between order and entropy through the movement and patterns of the routines and interactions of my family’s daily life. Well-trodden paths and rest stops have been established all over our house. These drawings are easily maps of our simple domestic travels. At the same time, knitting has become one of my creative processes to help restore balance between the done (or complete) and the inevitably undone.
For this work I take between five and twenty minutes of video of my family, including myself, within in a specific room of our home. Each drawing represents its own span of time in any one room of the house. I then watch each video in real time and, adapting the method used for blind contour drawing, I draw the path and impression of movement of each member of the family. Blind contour drawings are made by fixing one’s eyes on the subject and drawing its contour or outline continuously without lifting the pen or looking at the paper. In this case walking, running, sweeping, playing, sitting and other kinetic information is illustrated by line quality – the heavy, fine, bold, quick, or slow characteristics of the line – documenting the patterns of movement and interaction.