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Artist Whitney Bandel
Punch through, pull thread, loop back, and punch through again; repeat. The rhythmic movement of stitching creates a meditative calm where I am able to physically connect a part of myself to the drawing and slowly work through my thoughts and feelings. My work completes me; it understands me; and it expresses the parts of me I am not completely aware of yet. I am drawn to the impermanence, immediacy, and honesty of the drawn line. Anita Taylor states in the foreword to Writing on Drawing: Essays on Drawing Practice and Research that “the act of drawing remains a primordial and fundamental means to translate, document, record, and analyze the worlds we inhabit.” Through the process of drawing I embark on a meditative journey where I re-evaluate and re-contextualize the world around me. My desire in creating my drawings is to allow my audience a glimpse into these worlds and the ties that bind society, family, and the individual.
Exponi iratae implements line-making as a vehicle to investigate the emotional and physical ties present between oneself and others. The qualities and relationships between thread and copper wire mimic the constant push-and-pull of the world as people come into contact with each other and society as a whole. As the filaments weave and interact with each other and the surface, they create a sense of tension and unease as of a symbiotic relationship gone wrong.