Archive: Drawings 2010–2013

SLIDESHOW: THE MILKY WAY AND OTHER DRAWINGS

Most of these drawings were made as part of the collaborative project MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall, with the photographer Tom Rodgers and the curator Judit Bodor. The botanical specimens used in these drawings are picked from sites where the bodies of women killed by Peter Sutcliffe (the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’) were found, and the labour of drawing performs an act of remembrance and mourning. A limited edition archive publications of the text and image outcomes are available as publications.

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THOUGHTS ON DRAWING PROCESS

Drawing is endurance in a way that other work is not. Drawings are troublesome, and like me, are shy of the camera. It is when I am drawing that I am most embedded in the relations between the work and my problematic physical self.

I don’t know what to do with drawings any more, unwieldy monsters that refuse to be photographed and are too big for frames.

Clover Walk (side view). Ink on paper. Emma Bolland. 2012.

Clover Walk (side view). Ink on paper. Emma Bolland. 2012.

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My studio: preparing templates for the ‘Lacan’ watercolour / drawings. Emma Bolland. 2013

The 'Lacan' watercolours / drawings, slowly taking over my studio. Pencil and watercolour on paper. Emma Bolland.

The ‘Lacan’ watercolours / drawings, slowly taking over my studio. Pencil and watercolour on paper. Emma Bolland. 2013

Drawings lying on the studio floor. Emma Bolland. 2012

Drawings lying on the studio floor. Emma Bolland. 2012

4 thoughts on “Archive: Drawings 2010–2013”

  1. I love these drawings Emma and am also intrigued by the calligraphy. I am currently working on a project about remembering the dead and have been making my own drawings of flowers which have been discarded from graves ( ie dying flowers from cemetery bins!). The whole culture around flower messages ( language of flowers, marys garden etc) and the current ongoing reowning of expressions of grief and remembrance via flowrrs left by the side of the road are all part of my thinking. Plus other cultures ways of remembering the dead. So I love these drawings of yours plus they are very lovely! I have been playing around with making some work using calligraphy and also layered, ‘misprinted’ text too

    • Sounds wonderful Shaeron – let me know where I can see them. Thank you for your kind words, too. I’m very interested in the idea of labour and endurance in drawing at the moment. A pilgrimage of the pen, if that doesn’t sound too poncy? X

  2. I am impressed by your work

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