|Self portrait contour in baling wire|
Dan Dwyer and I did a collaboration between his class (jewelry and small sculpture) and mine (drawing and painting) at the beginning of the year (maybe ten years ago?). I know, many of you think I've barely aged . . . well, that's the power of art. Anyway, we hung them at the Gavilan show--there must have been a couple of hundred of these--one for each student in our classes. Each so similar yet very different from each other. I also hung some pen and ink drawings that came from the process of creating the wire drawings, and some colored pencil drawings as well. I like the possibilities of sustained metaphor in a project--how far can you push an idea.
I can't help but wonder if my obsession with drawing faces is contagious to any of my students. Wonder if they continue to look in mirrors to call upon their ever-present, and hopefully ever-willing, subjects. Some days my face is less than willing to be drawn. But maybe that reluctance only comes with age.