My “Urform” drawing was created with 379 red sharpies. I decided to use sharpies because I knew I was going to need a lot of whatever tool I decided on, and sharpies were available at almost all office supply and art stores.
The color red was chosen because of its visceral nature; which closely matched my inner-turmoil, and because red’s meaning is so fragmented it can represent the color of love and the devil at the same time which served beautifully as a metaphor for what I was experiencing.
The total size of “Urform” is 85’ x 8’. Most of the drawing was created on 13’ x 8’ sections, as that was the exact size of the largest wall in my studio. Other-sized pieces of paper were used to help finish the artwork in relation to the size and shape of the gallery. I had a basic idea of how “Urform” would look, but it was never fully assembled until it became installed in the space.
Once the sections where taped together on the gallery walls, the edges were blended-with red sharpies-to visually fuse the piece together by making it one with itself.
“Urform” was created over an intense 12-day period of non-stop drawing.