CIRCADIAN LINE DRAWINGS

This series of extemporaneous, rule-based drawings using only repeated lines, evolved as a way to engage both my propensity towards repetitive, obsessive mark making and my desire to give up a degree of control while focusing on the ritualized ACT of drawing. These drawings use repetition and accumulation of line as a means connecting to both the passage of time and the processes of memory formation. The fabric-like structures that emerge mirror the way a series of minutes or seconds coalesce in our minds into one unified 'moment' or memory. 

Each drawing is made over a finite amount of time in accordance with a set of rules. No thought or planning is given to composition prior to the start of the drawing, all decisions are made in the moments of making. 


THE RULES

  1. starting time is recorded (a clock or timer is visible for each drawing)
  2. using only ink, a single line is drawn, each subsequent line is drawn in response to the most recently drawn line 
  3. lines of a given drawing may touch, but never intersect or cross another line.
  4. lines may be ‘broken’ or end at any point
  5. lines are drawn in roughly same direction ex: left-to-right, top-to-bottom (so far all drawings have been made working only from left to right and from top-to-bottom— so all of these started in the top left and ended in the bottom right)
  6. a continued effort is made to keep the drawing contained within a square or rectangle (so that the drawn area’s outermost limits are equidistant from the paper’s edge) no guidlines or sketches will be used
  7. no rulers will be used
  8. the drawing ends whenever there is hesitation or drawing ceases for more than 30 seconds
  9. the end time or total number of minutes is recorded
  10. any lingering thought or words that occur to me as the drawing’s duration is being recorded become the title and is written beside the time information— in the absence of any clear thought or reaction the drawing is labeled ‘no title’ and nothing beyond time information is written on the drawing