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Full-Scale Drawings

Large, unframed drawings related to architecture and construction in mixed media on 140# paper
Sizes vary from 4' x 4' to 4' x 8'
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Full Scale Drawings 1999 – 2005

At the time that I began the Full Scale Drawing series, there were a couple of things that I wanted to do with my artwork. First, I wanted to work at a bigger scale, to make drawings at the scale of the viewer, big enough to create a virtual space that the viewer could imagine walking into or encounter in the real world. I hoped to create an engagement, an interaction between the viewer and the work. I thought that if the scale of the drawing were large enough it would cease being just a flat object, a picture floating inside of the viewer’s environment and become instead a porous picture plane allowing a passage between two realities, one inside the drawing and one outside it.

Second, I wanted to make drawings using the tools that carpenters were using on the construction site­—chalk line, tape, lumber crayon—and materials from the construction site—brick and concrete dust, rust, roofing tar—in combination with graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, dry pigment and more familiar media.

Working in this manner, I could create a middle ground between the two often poorly connected products of the architect—the minute scale of the architectural drawing and the full scale finished building.