Geometry

imageI have been looking at the work of Francesca Woodman and her book Some disordered Interior Geometries 1980-1981. It shows on page 10 a photograph of a white, square cloth hanging on a wall. Woodman appears to it’s side , covered with a long white apron, her face hidden in her hands. The apron extends the entire length of her figure making her body appear triangular in form. A fold in the hanging fabric mimics another in her dress. Woodman has written “Almost a square.” Under the photograph. Francesca Woodman has become almost a square or perhaps she is becoming part of the square itself? On the opposite page here are excercises on squares, triangles and quadrilaterals.

This piece is a discourse on two aspects of space. The square expresses man’s orientation in space and life. The architecture of bodily existence is determined by an invisible, immaterial world of pure form and geometry. Visual space, auditory space and haptic space all converge in the human mind- body. In gnomonic time; all phases exist in ever – present layers. Our bodies are therefore existing in these gnomonic layers. The square and its gnomon serve as an archetypal image of a certain kinds of growth in nature. This helps us see beyond the surface of things. These overlaps are make up our internal and external selves. The processes of these layers are shown in Woodman’s photographs through her use of props and blurring of her body.

With my own practice I intend to explore these layers through making drawings. The artist Jenny Saville has produced layered charcoal drawings, overlapping several drawings. This again has a sense of the merging of inside and outside.

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