Jody Graham

Drawing has always been my passion: a lifelong commitment and an expression of love for the world around me. At its best, it provides an experience for both artist and viewer that is captivating and transformative.

My approach often favours the gestural and expressive mark. I enjoy that direct and instant communication between hand and mind: the unmediated connection to an inner dialogue. In the act of drawing itself, I gather together my thoughts, emotions, memories and ideas and discover ways to interpret them. I am learning with my eyes and hands as I draw and welcome the pleasurable difficulty of struggling with new work and pushing into unfamiliar territory.

For an artist who likes to sketch plein air a great deal, the city offers a whole new canvas to stimulate my visual memory and to expand and deepen my experience of the built environment. In previous phases of my work, I have been attracted to the city in transition and the emergence of the new. I now find myself drawn to older buildings and streetscapes, which have become meaningful, anchor points for me for memory and stability in a constantly changing chaotic cityscape.

 

 

Drawing has always been my passion: a lifelong commitment and an expression of love for the world around me. At its best, it provides an experience for both artist and viewer that is captivating and transformative.

My approach often favours the gestural and expressive mark. I enjoy that direct and instant communication between hand and mind: the unmediated connection to an inner dialogue. In the act of drawing itself, I gather together my thoughts, emotions, memories and ideas and discover ways to interpret them. I am learning with my eyes and hands as I draw and welcome the pleasurable difficulty of struggling with new work and pushing into unfamiliar territory.

For an artist who likes to sketch plein air a great deal, the city offers a whole new canvas to stimulate my visual memory and to expand and deepen my experience of the built environment. In previous phases of my work, I have been attracted to the city in transition and the emergence of the new. I now find myself drawn to older buildings and streetscapes, which have become meaningful, anchor points for me for memory and stability in a constantly changing chaotic cityscape.

 

 

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