as if it was a lover…

 

Amanda Robins: Dyad 2

Amanda Robins: Dyad 2, 2009
pencil on Arches watercolor paper, 115 x 95 cm

 

I examine the object as if it was a lover, a book, a document.  It is willing to offer everything to me, passively.  I am moving closer to the object, as close as I can, and it covers me benignly.  Warming me to the world of things.

I layer the pencil marks over one another in light strokes, building up the tones carefully.  Light glints softly off the graphite surface.  The paper colours and imprints like asphalt, a well-worn pavement with pockmarks and incisions.  The paper stump forces the graphite into the craters and valleys of the paper – sliding over the surface – burnishing, embossing.  I am entranced by this silvery surface – the powder creates a film, grey and silver clouds forming, the lines of pencil changing and perfecting them.  Away from the amorphous, I push the image into my favoured safety net … [t]his is the boundary, the structure which allows me to feel held and absorbed, contained and subsumed.

– Amanda Robins


SECOND/SKINS Exhibition Catalogue
www.amandarobins.com.au


Amanda Robins at the artisans’ gallery

meditative process made visible

slow art


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