In graduate school I was intrigued by the Dada art movement in the early 1900’s. Artists were responding to a world in turmoil by questioning the very definition of art and it’s purpose in society. I enjoy these lines of inquiry because it challenges everyone involved to wonder about the big picture. What are we really doing here? Stewing on this, I wanted to challenge my traditional realistic drawing training and turn it into a piece that brought together many methods of creating and pushing the boundaries of what a “drawing” is. Today the art world calls this “mixed media”, however I don’t much care what category it is in.
I started by drawing first on paper (art on the left). I then then flipped through my collections of antique maps and textbooks to find images that would enhance the drawing. This process involved scanning images, computer manipulation, and image transfer prints. The resulting mixed media piece (art on the right) has texture added to the surface with modeling paste and a glossy finish with epoxy resin.