I spend months drawing organs and systems of the body. I call them studies because that’s what I do – I study. I look to science but I also look to more esoteric teachings to gather my information.
I draw over 30 different organs and systems before I decide to lay out the endocrine system. I want to understand it. I find the texture of the glands appealing, I want to draw them.
I couldn’t know how complicated things would get as I travel though the nooks and crannies of the body. Where exactly is the endocrine system? What does it do? The glands are so tucked away. One by one – I travel from head to pelvis. How did anyone ever come to any conclusion about what each gland does? They are embedded deeply in small (impossible to reach) spaces in the brain, in the neck, near the heart, in the solar plexus and in the pelvis.
I finish the system with a general understand but more questions. The more I know, the more I don’t know. I could keep doing this forever.
I want to draw the lymphatic system. Isolating it feels like to big a challenge – more complex. I need a break before I go there. I draw one lymph node. It’s a beautiful organ.
You can see these drawings in an upcoming exhibit in downtown Phoenix. They’ll show in the on-loaded boxes on Roosevelt Row. Invited last summer, I was also asked to consider and keep in mind the unusual space.
Alternative. Small. Intimate.
Bright light set in darkness.
Studio. Lab. Study(ing).
Cell – a biological cell and a small room (cella).
I plan to fill up the space with my studies of body organs and system. Most of the images are 2-sided. I draw the anterior or posterior view or I draw the inside and outside of an organ/system.
I have to figure out how to hang them. I have ideas.
Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art (phICA)
March 18, 2016, Third Friday, 6 – 10
April 1, 2016, First Friday, 6 – 10
Art Detour, March 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday
Roosevelt Row (Between eye lounge and Modified in downtown Phoenix)