This is the multi-layer drawing – 20 minutes each layer – admittedly I only got to 6 layers as I did not know what I wanted to use for menopause/crone/old age. Worked on pre-ink dyed paper, water soluble crayons, pencils, graphite pencils, charcoal, rubber, craft knife.
My immediate response is that I am drawn into this piece. I am particularly intrigued by the mood, lighting which recalls the noir drawings and my interest in this genre. There is something of the ancient about the tones which have been kept within quite a tight range. The drawing was produced under controlled circumstances in order not to over-draw any section. Although time was taken after each section to reflect and in some cases adjust or reassert small sections. Some concern as to how readable the images are or indeed whether they need to be at all remains a question.
This asks further questions about what is happening and why certain parts are more distinct than others. Looking into the piece the lower right section appears to be complicated anatomy. I am not sure what is inside and what is outside. The beguine armless doll in the background lies inert on a stage that is a hive of action or if not action supposition. The “tags” of the womanhood figure here elongated anchor the figure within the space and define different areas of the composition.
There are crevices and dark caves within the structure that may hide truths or memories and could be further excavated. Building up the layers and definition has achieved a bolder conclusion. However there could have been decisions about single or multiple lighting – as in stage acts – that might reveal more interesting aspects of thought. and intention.
Further by keeping to a general similar method of drawing limits the emotional aspects of any particular layer. On the one had that could indicate a similar flat, un-demonstrative, repressed existence. Alternatively building using different processes could add a richness – print, collage, ink, etc.
Detail of the top half – where a skull seems to be emerging below the doll. – with a light-lance through its cranium.
Complicated anatomy of the lower half , child resting on the large footprint of the past. Also possible to see the effect of the graphite on sections. This contrast in finish and its response to the light need more working to achieve a glistening finish.