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.
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.
Two page spread from my journal, depicting the titular character of the Palme d’Or-winning Mexican film María Candelaria, directed by Emilio Fernández.
Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter (1907-1954) 4×6 postcard, ink and watercolor
Julio Cortázar, Argentinian novelist (1914-1984) 4 x6 postcard, ballpoint
Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (1904-1973) 4 x 6 postcard, ink and watercolor
Ravi Shankar (1920-2012) [14 x 17, charcoal]
I drew and painted these as offerings to leave behind at the graves of Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, and César Vallejo, all of which are located in Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris. I don’t know what happened to these 4 x 6 cards. It rained for a few days after I left them there. I assume they were wrecked and eventually trashed by some groundskeeper.