Investigating the Unexpected

I have been working on the drawings for the second book of Nicola’s residency that gathers all of the projects together of 'Part Two: Art as Evidence'. I want to present drawings with typical silhouettes but intriguing detail and have been studying objects to incorporate into the Abbeyview landscape, in order to let them infiltrate and nestle in the familiar.

The mechanics of a convection heater, for example, have a surprisingly strong structural quality. By manipulating scale and environment, can I fool the eye into reading it as building? If one dissects the drawing above into a collection of lines then the linear components need only be read with a different emphasis to recognise a tower block rather than the element of a heater. If we do not look properly when presented with an image that seems familiar, the brain tends to fill in detail from its bank of pictures. Conversely, if it is unrecognisable it will search for, and decide on, the familiar. This helps it cope with the bombardment of information that reaches it via the eye every second, but the downside of this is missing the unexpected. If you skim through the pages of ‘Art as Evidence’ you may miss them, but take your time and something may catch your eye long enough to investigate and find the unexpected. (The Lamb)

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