I love drawing for its authenticity. With a minimum of tools or materials, it can capture emotions on a page. Whether a delicate searching line or a raw burst of energy, it can tell a story for me. As an artist with depression I am grateful to have a way to release what feels trapped inside of me. There are times when I need my drawings to build up over time; a meditation of careful and deliberate marks, that relax and put me at ease. Other times, as in this series, the marks need to come out fast and raw. The physical process of mark-making is passionate and cathartic. Dura-lar as a surface is slick and sensuous. It showcases a pencil’s deepest values and even reveals the act of erasing as an expressive tool. Compositions become a secondary concern when I draw in this way and I am gratefully able to stay completely in the moment.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jaime Andersen is an artist who resides in St Charles, Illinois. She has a BFA in Art Education with a Concentration in Drawing from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Class of ’99. Her work has been shown in galleries in the Fox Valley and Chicago.
© Jaime Andersen