Mixed Media and Landscape Drawings
In terms of materials, the theme of repurposing material is present but there is an emphasis on mark making and drawing as a means to an end. My husband is a residential builder and renovator and often discovers lath during demolitions. Given my interest in both texture and recycling, it replaced the canvases previously used and became the support for my work. I have been experimenting with drywall mud, plaster, netting, clear gesso and acrylics to create a smooth base to draw upon. The graphite is tricky to fix as the materials are still somewhat porous-- I continue experimenting with ways to preserve them. Layers of fixative are keeping my drawings safe, but they are still somewhat fragile artworks. Some of the artwork include the latitude or longitude associated with the location where the photo was taken. The old wallpaper adds variety to the landscapes and mimics the worn feeling associated with old houses facing demolition. It also helps to enhance the connection to the original purpose of the lath--to function as walls.