Date of Award
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
This paper explores the concept of drawing as a time-based practice, where the process is the core of the artwork rather than the finished product. I divide my artistic concerns into four chapters, each advancing on the previous one, to discuss my drawing practice, which allows for exploration of time and space across a wide array of media and styles of representation. I embrace impulse and intuition in the mark-making process, letting go of control while prioritizing the form of depicted figures over their image. This paper highlights the importance of my inner contradiction and how the process reflects my thought patterns, rather than simply the result. Additionally, I find affinity in the works of referenced artists and writers, including Amy Sillman, Brian Rutenberg, Steffani Jemison, and Sarah Sze, as their theories that examine the process of making are relevant to my practice. Eventually, my improvised experiments of drawing in my thesis artwork, Geese, Why Geese?, exemplify the features of my works that explore the boundaries between progress and product, discipline and madness, and opens new possibilities to find expansiveness through constraint.
Heather Bennett, Cheryl Wassenaar Savage
Miao, Ciel, "Drawing as Process: Expansiveness Through Constraint" (2023). Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Papers. 103.