Periodically I’ll introduce something I did a long, long time ago.
I used to do pieces like the above by smearing charcoal on paper, then looking for whatever imagery would crop up, then realizing it by drawing, smearing, and erasing. I think the eraser was the tool I used the most. I wanted to use only what was in my imagination, so would never look at any imagery to help with drawings. In this one, for example, I wouldn’t look at a photo or illustration of a skeleton. This body of work (there are drawings and paintings) was largely Expressionistic, so verisimilitude wasn’t an issue. When I went to UCLA as an undergraduate, this kind of work was dismissed outright as hopelessly passé, and I soon stopped making it. Looking back, I’m not sure my teachers were right.
In this image I was going along with the idea that the man was visiting someone who’d died, perhaps a colleague or family member who he missed. Oh, I forget to mention the most important part. It looks like he didn’t just visit a grave stone or something. He dug it out and opened the casket.
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