A study of space, object and reality

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Becke Roughton (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Andrew Martin

Abstract: About six years ago I was making constructions to incorporate objects and words (my poems and those of others). In these constructions the objects found in everyday existence and the poems were to coexist as visual and psychological compliments. All the while I was drawing from life. Gradually drawing the objects became more interesting; than rearranging them. I was less interested in making than seeing. So the writing went one way and the objects another. The psychological vision seemed too fixed as if I were working from the outside of things. I tried to become more objective and less aware of self while working. These present drawings are a response to the need for understanding what is before me. I am not interested in forming theories or conclusions, for I believe in the voice of the drawings. Much of my direction has come from a tenacious involvement with drawing and seeing, being as objective as possible and giving liberty to intuition which I have found to be one of my assets in working. Other insights have come from artists — most notably and constantly Giacometti. I have considered the work of Degas, Rembrandt, Chinese ink drawings in general, Whistler and Corky. My chief concerns are distances (object to object and object to viewer), space as both environment and limit, and the relationships of object and space. The placement of the object or the entire drawing on the page in relationship to the edge of the page is as important as the relationship of distances among objects themselves. The line quality is either positioned often in regard to contours or searching as objects dissolve, reappear, stabilize and dissolve again.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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