Thursday, May 8, 2008

Drawings like doodles





He remembers his mother.

For long periods of her life she worked on knitting and stitchery. A hobby that, in hard times, sustained her.

Her son started by being a linguist and an expert on machine translation. Then, a major turn in his life: he became an artist.

He now completed a series of large drawings inspired by his mother's life and handicraft.

He writes to me: "Very abstract pieces, all about work, vision, perseverance, and (of course) escape. And about seeing small, insignificant, repeated gestures and marks add up to something complicated (and, for me, complex)".

He commemorates his mother who departed a year ago. My half sister.



Drawings like doodles. With the persistence of mechanical repetition. Doodles on the margins of life. Forgotten marks to be remembered by.

9 comments:

irlandos said...

Good morning.
An original "doodling post".
As you say, visitors are welcome but not necessary.
Thanks for letting us in …

kossak said...

The drawings resemble to me images of "supercomputer-produced cross-sections of part of the universe"

At scales larger than about 500 million light years, no large-scale structure is apparent, the cosmos being homogeneous and random in any direction, exemplifying the so-called Cosmological Principle. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as the "End of Greatness".

The notion of specific structure may only be applicable at the smallest scales.

Ourselves, stars, galaxies, being the
"small, insignificant, repeated gestures and marks add up to something complicated (and, for me, complex)"
the cosmos.

Rallou said...

"Doodling"..it seems like it runs in the family!!

Where can we see more of his work?

It's very interesting!

Rallou said...

Oh, also, while driving today, suddenly, I heard the “Aleksandra song”
…Funny, cause I never noticed it before, and now it is tied with a face, and a story…
It must have been a “heartbreak”, to say the least, for all of you guys…

Life (‘n death) sucks!

Joseph said...

Thanks for the comments on my drawings, everyone (especially my 'doodling' uncle). The apple doesn't fall far from the (doodling family) tree :=)

Rallou, I am putting together a website as we speak. I'll email you the link. Thanks for your interest in my work!

Art is definitely the antidote to the vicissitudes of life (and death!)

harrylogue said...

Melancholic subject...

Yet,

" what a difference a day makes,
24 little hours " ,

if u just reopen the old blogs...

A nice date is next Tue the 13th...

Joseph said...

A few comments on my drawings, and then I'll shut up :=): even though they were triggered by my mother's death, they are more about her life and her work than about her absence. The idea that small, laboriously produced marks can add up to something complex really intrigues me...

I also intend for these drawings to be looked at both up close and from a distance - so that the viewer can spend some time both with the parts and with the whole (just like I do when I look at them).

doodler said...

Sorry - by mistake I blocked two comments by tam-tam-tam.

tam-tam-tam said...

Athough I enjoy seeing other peoples’ drawings,I personally don’t like drawing. Psychology, in theory and in practice, supports that a drawing reflects the inner self of the one who draws much more than the object it represents and that happens even when we are little(or maybe especially then).Maybe we don’t pay enough attention to artistic education or maybe we don’t pay attention at all. Quite an alternative way to express one’s joy or pain.