“The only way to truly understand something is to draw it.”–Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier)
This is the center of my work—an attempt to sincerely grasp what I see around me through the tip of a pencil and a piece of charcoal. At its root, the act of drawing necessitates a concentrated study of not only the physical attributes of the subject, but the emotional as well. We live in a world that digests images at an exponentially increasing rate. This consummate consumption, while allowing for an expanding digestion of momentary knowledge, forces a reconsideration of the value of labor within the artistic sphere. My process is inherently about labor—embracing the labor involved in the painstaking, craft-driven rendering of a subject or moment. However, at a deeper level, my process is about using this labor to force myself and the viewer to truly see something. The rigorous, meditative physical process of observation through draughtsmanship is a means to an end. The end being, for me, a deeper and richer understanding of the world around me and the complexity of its histories.