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Sketchbook Porn: Ellen Ziegler

Ellen Ziegler is a master of mark-making. Her drawings vibrate on the page: a knot of thin scribbles, impossibly snarled like a tangle of flame-colored gossamer, can tremble in space with the intensity of a supernova.

"As a hyper-verbalist, I take mental vacations in sketchbooks, where there are no words—there I communicate from one side of my brain to the other and break new ground as an artist. These Vermilion sketches led me to memories and associations with the color that I couldn't have gotten to any other way." The following are excerpts from Ziegler's sketchbooks with comments by the artist.

The following are excerpts from Neuwirth's sketchbook with comments by the artist. - See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/sketchbook-porn-dylan-neuwirth#st...
The following are excerpts from Neuwirth's sketchbook with comments by the artist. - See more at: http://www.cityartsonline.com/articles/sketchbook-porn-dylan-neuwirth#st...

 

Sectioned cone patterns that stand in for communication devices—between cells, between minds—also representing phages that draw genetic material from one cell and place it in another—a different kind of communication. These are made with a tool that burns holes in paper. Right: proportion drawing for a diptych in my Vermilion show at LxWxH Gallery in Georgetown.

Stencils made from knitting machine cards. Like a player piano roll or early computer cards. These stencils intrigue me because of the information they convey—a code, a language that the machine understands.

Meditations on vermilion, a color that has intrigued me ever since my dad gave me a Chinese seal and a pot of vermilion ink. The color has come to represent a quest for the roots of many passions.

I have black paper notebooks that allow me to see color better, its impact and relationship to others, its emotional intensity, language, ability to travel. It's through these drawings that I was able to tease out memories of vermilion, connections between geology, biology, art history, family memories and ancient worlds...

Images courtesy of the artist.

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