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Large Drawings, The Quartet

Large Drawings, The Quartet, 2006 – 2015

  • Big Yellow 2006 – 2008: 84” x 102”, acrylic, graphite, colored pencil on paper
  • Big Blue 2013 – 2014: 102” high x 96” wide, diluted acrylic paint and graphite on paper
  • Big Red 2014 – 2015: 92” high x 92” wide, acrylic paint, colored pencil and graphite on paper
  • Big Green 2015: 97” high x 97” wide, acrylic paint, colored pencil and graphite on paper

Each of the Large Drawing features a fundamental kind of geometry: 1) triangles, pyramids and tetrahedrons in Big Yellow; 2) rectangles, squares and cubes in Big Blue; 3) parabolas, arcs of circles and ellipses in Big Red; and 4) a mix of these shapes and geometries in Big Green.

Each drawing is constructed with smaller pieces of paper - as many as 64 separate sheets — which are glued together with a ½” seam. The seams either disappear or become significant design elements in the drawings. The large size of the drawings - relevant to the scale of the viewer - was important to me because I wanted the work to suggest the illusion of 3D space, one that the viewer could enter into or inhabit in some way.

The four drawings have an obvious symmetry with the SkyGate murals at the Burlington Vermont International Airport which I completed in 2004. These can be seen in my gallery of architectural murals.