Aha! As promised. Although, bummer, I haven't been able to use the entire statement yet because of character limits on residency applications, so I figured I'd post it here. I was after something short, simple, and straightforward--let me know how I did.
Hans Christian Anderson’s The Wild Swans is a tale full of contrasting themes: home and loss, pain and reprieve, creation and destruction, day and night. My current body of work explores these contradictions, using the story's imagery to explore the my own journey as a maker. The story tells of a young woman and her brothers who are forced seek a new home after being cursed and cast out of their own. Each day, the brothers become swans—only returning to their true selves by the light of the moon. The young woman promises to break her brothers’ curse by weaving them shirts of nettles, though they scar her hands and feet and she must take a vow of silence to break the spell.
The Wild Swans resonates with the idea that it is impossible to make something from nothing. The act of creation is one of transformation, pain, and necessity. Drawing allows me to investigate these concepts simultaneously, creating areas of focus within each piece while letting other elements go unarticulated. As a result, these drawings are dreamlike, defined by imagination instead of real space. The faded hues suggest a nighttime setting, when the sun has gone down leaving only traces of what is visible during the day. As the story goes, truth is revealed at night.
So there we are. Work in progress. Keep going.