I created Drawing for Personal Statements, an annual event and capstone experience for students in the Stanford Graduate Design Program. I wanted to express something about my point of view as a designer, but also explore new materials and ways of making.
Ink, oil, tubing, electronics
A CELEBRATION OF DRAWING
Drawing has always been important to me. For as long as I can remember, it has been how I think, communicate, and process the world around me. In this piece, I wanted to express how drawing feels to me, the feeling of getting lost in the movement of making lines. Because my design work is deeply rooted in studying people, I thought this autonomous drawing should also investigate its audience; when installed, the speed and rhythm of lines respond to how closely viewers inspect it. The result is a shifting portrait of those who have engaged with the piece, a slowly evolving and dissolving thicket of lines.
Drawing was inspired by the work of Julius Popp, this tutorial, and a lifelong love for drawing with ink.
Creating this piece took a lot of experimentation with materials and technical design. While oil and water naturally separate, so creating smooth, discrete volumes that don't "smear" when flowing through small plastic tubes was no small task. In the end, I explored oils of different viscosities, various tube sizes and materials, and multiple pump configurations before the piece was ready to show.