Jody Lee Drafta
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I am interested in registering a whole human presence in drawing and sculpture, which is the core of my practice. I work with dispersed volume rather than line, impress rather than painterly depiction, and employ mark-making through pushing out rather than forming an image keyed to a surface. In this way I rebalance things toward the sense of touch; one of my primary motivations. It is a relief to dislodge the primacy of the eye, and to create a form that inspires physical empathy and curiosity. Apace with this is the scattering of gravity in the drawings. The graphite becomes a delicate body-skein. It spawns a frothy skin, transparent and receptive.
I want the reciprocity I can enact between the body and what’s outside it. The rhythm of compression and expansion of the tripe cells is likewise an allegory for the way we move through the world: equaling, emerging, exceeding, and shrinking back from our physical selves.