This series began during my residency at PointB Worklodge, New York in 2013. As part of my ongoing research with the phenomenology of dance, this series examined the relationship between the sequencing of breath, movement and pulse.

I painted downward strokes across the page, in sync with each outward breath. As the brush moved down, the ink ran out and the bristles moved apart leaving the white vertical lines of the paper. This drawing evoked the city of New York with its vertical lines, active as they rebel against gravity implying energy and growth. The overall shape of these drawings also referenced the paintbrush as the object used to make the piece.




Blue Breath, 2015
Ink on board
24" x 24" (61 x 61cm)



Breath Drawing II, 2013
Ink on paper
18" x 24" (46 x 61cm)


May Breaths, 2014
Ink on paper
18" x 24" (46 x 61cm)



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