Valerie Demianchuk

By stripping the represented object of color, graphite drawing has the advantage of directing the viewer’s attention toward that which is intrinsic to the object itself, such as its shape or the structural relations among its parts. In my drawings, I intensify this focus on the intrinsic nature of objects by freeing them from the viewer’s prior associations and conceptualizations. I do this by extracting objects from their natural (usual or expected) environments and suspending them in the amorphously open and neutrally white space of the drawing paper. I think of the viewer’s interaction with my objects as a solitary visual journey – a private experience made all the more possible by the intimate scale of graphite drawing and its encouragement of very close visual examination.

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