Two Covid Sketchbook Pages, for “The Sketchbook Project” (Brooklyn Art Library)

A few months ago I submitted two sketchbooks to the Brooklyn Art Library “Sketchbook Project.” At some point they will be digitized and available for viewing on their website. These two pages are from the sketchbook titled “Just Another Covid Sketchbook.” These two pages seek to express the difficulty of representing the emotions provoked by Covid and the American politics around it. The sketchbook is angry and bitter, mostly, and these pages capture the challenge of articulating something about our situation. I made this with watercolor pencil and water soluble graphite and then used a spray bottle with water to activate it all.

Detail From a Diary “Banner”: The Sleep of American Reason Produces Monsters

I keep an illustrated journal but recently I have been experimenting with large banners of paper that are folded horizontally and vertically and then folded, fan-like. Illustrations in these “diary banners” can then cut across multiple “pages” and diary entries. This detail features a figure from Goya’s “The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.” The banner recreates elements from that aquatint, in water soluble graphite and watercolor pencil.