I am excited to let you know that I’ve submitted a couple of my abstract line drawings to the upcoming Juried Show at Gallery 110 and two pieces were selected! Feel free to visit on February 7th (First Thursday) during the opening 6pm – 8pm. The Show will be available for viewing February 7 – March 2, 2013.
I’ve been evolving my abstract line drawings; they now have color, depth, and are larger in size.
Here is the artist statement I created for both the show and the direction of this current work:
Beka Bielman – Artist Statement
Repetition of pattern gives me a sense of calm, each line drawn is meditative for me. When I first started drawing with patterns, the purpose was therapeutic, not artistic. It was, and still is, a way for me to channel my emotions onto paper.
Like running through the field with wild abandon, my drawings start out free and spirited. The building block for each drawing is a single line. This line is random each time, depending on my mood. Gestural, the line moves up and down, left and right, curving and swooping, intersecting itself many times before catching up to its starting point. Each connection of that line creates a unique shape and those shapes are then filled in with pattern.
Not unlike the initial gestural line, the patterns and movement of those patterns in the beginning are random. After the first few patterns are laid, I get a feeling for the overall nature of the drawing and then figure it out piece by piece like a puzzle.
Drawing with pen forces me to be more creative and strategic in the drawing stage. Although the first line is drawn in pencil, the rest is pen which means that every mark that goes down stays. One line influences the one next to it, this creates a more organic feel to the work than I would’ve ever gotten if I had the ability to make corrections.