The White Album
The White Album represents many months worth of work, totaling 191 drawings on identically sized tissue paper. The tissue used in The White Album allowed the work to have a higher delicacy than traditional papers. Often we dismiss the foundational medium of any artwork. Using tissue allowed the ink to transform the work surface, giving many drawings a dimensional, almost fabric-like quality often not associated with paper. It also served as a bridge to link the scale of the project and the theme which it would express.
Given enough drawings and enough time, patterns will develop within the artwork images. Ideas and themes repeat. The concept of randomness surrenders to one of loose organization. This happens because the artist reuses ideas or returns to ones that need further development. To put it simply, he unknowingly has “favorites”. This series is about this process. The goal was to determine what patterns emerge through the drawing process and present the collection as a whole. It is a study into the thought process inside the artist with minimal exposure to other peoples’ works so as to reduce artistic influence and the “borrowing” of any ideas or images. In truth, this is much more difficult than it appears and the idea that anyone can live in a vacuum is a little absurd. That said, looking back now that the project is completed, I am not so surprised by the drawings made, but rather by what drawings were not. Now that I have the chance to compare the work with others, I am marveled that some ideas were never put to paper. Why did certain thoughts which seem obvious now, occur in other artists but not occur in me? In truth, the answer to that question is that I did not think of those various ideas at the time. The harder question is why I did not. This is not to say that I have dissatisfaction with the end result, but the conclusions give me pause to think about my own influences and preferences as an artist, as well as the possible reasoning behind them, and how a large part of creating artwork comes from outside sources.