When: May 5 - 16, 2017
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
All events are free and open to the public
My work focuses on creating a better understanding of the benefits of daydreaming. In spite of the negative connotations often associated with daydreaming, daydreams can provide us with an escape from the daily drudgery, a chance to rest our minds and to recharge our creativity.
I am intrigued by the expressions of people as they stare off into the distance and seem to be in deep thought, independent of their surroundings. I’m interested in those times when people are performing routine, often monotonous, tasks but are not paying attention to what they are doing, because in their minds they are thinking of something else, perhaps another time or place.
This body of work captures subjects when they are daydreaming, with the often characteristic facial expressions and body language. I draw my subjects in this state of mind, and in common settings where people typically might daydream as well as portray objects that are representational of activities that may trigger daydreaming.
Drawings are created by using graphite of various hardness to achieve desired line value. Working with graphite allows me to constantly develop my drawings. By creating a dissipating quality in my line work, this evokes the feelings of slipping away into a daydream. The empty space around the figure or object represents the quiet and solitude we experience during theses moments.
Subject matter includes family, friends, as well as familiar objects and locations that are representational of periods of daydreaming. The process for creating my work consists of the observation of subjects within their own setting and in a natural daydreaming state.. My focus is on capturing the facial characteristics and body posturing of daydreaming subjects. I vary the scale of my drawings to emphasize these characteristics. Smaller images are intended to bring the viewer closer in thereby becoming more intimate with the objects that may personally equate to familiar daydreaming experiences of their own.
Through the exploration and evolution of my work coupled with a better understanding of the benefits of daydreaming I have established a solid foundation for future artistic endeavors. My hope is that those who examine my work will walk away with the better understanding and recognition of the benefits of daydreaming.