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Updated: 2017-04-03 13:33:23


Pamela Harris

My drawings are a kind of map, an intuitive energy space variable. They are made of a repeated mark, which resembles an arced piece of code. The resulting forms suggest techno-cellular paths, even black holes, an information network devoid of information.

They have an inherent biology given how I lay down the marks quickly and physically, without conscious choice of where to put them. I give them numbered titles, which are the dates in which they were finished. I work in a square to remove the horizontal landscape or spiritual verticality.

I see drawing as an existential way of being an artist, a form of knowledge that’s very modern yet deeply rooted in human history. Like many of my peers, I’m interested in artists who preceded me and art historical concepts. I see my work as a cultural critique of the world and how it's changing.

“I realized I didn’t want to compose pictures,” Ellsworth Kelly told The Times in 1996. ”I wanted to find them. I felt that my vision was choosing things out there in the world and presenting them. To me the investigation of perception was of the greatest interest.

Linda Norden said, beautifully, “There’s a documentary impulse that provides some way of responding directly to the world and a corollary urge to abstraction, which aims at the emotional fallout and underlying forces driving those actions. Both impulses speak to the state of the world and change—the big millennial questions as well as the issues of the present.”


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