Scaled 7. Graphite on paper, 10” x 8”, 2009.
Creating viewing-angle-dependent work with nanoparticles inspired me to experiment with this phenomenon using common materials.
I make these drawings with graphite. Some of the graphite is densely packed, some loosely packed. Compressed, graphite has a multicolored shimmer in sunlight; it is highly reflective. Loosely packed, graphite absorbs light. Despite these differences, the compressed and loose graphite are indistinguishable from certain angles, rendering the drawn details invisible. Making these drawings, I have to constantly reposition the work in relation to the sun and my eyes. Likewise, a curious viewer must walk around the drawings, tilting her head, slouching and tiptoeing to see them. In this way, the act of looking becomes an active search.