My drawings reflect my immediate surroundings throughout the remainder of this remote course. I spent a lot of time reading and doing my assignments next to this lamp and table, and even more time looking at my sister. I drew the lamp and vase at the beginning of our remote learning with the intention of improving my photo-realistic skills and the portrait of my sister at the end.
My aleatory project concentrated on the ways in which we can and cannot document the breath. As a process that’s necessary for life and integral for meditation practice, my aleatory project attempts to document the subliminal power of the breath. For one sheet, I traced the line of my breath with pencil during a thirty minute meditation sit. On another, I sprinkled powdered charcoal on the edge of the paper and blew the fragments across the sheet. For the third sheet, I used no materials and just breathed on the surface during another meditation practice. The three sheets together reflect the invisible, meditative and powerful force of the breath.