Artist Linda Thomas, Bellevue College Art Faculty, installed “De-Composition: Indecent Exposure” on the campus of Bellevue College during Earth Week. The project was viewed from the “C” building breezeway.
Click the image below to view video of the installation filmed by the artist:
This project was conceived to be part of Earth Week activities when we at Bellevue College acknowledge our responsibility towards our environment on a limited Earth.
Drawing from the figure has been a part of my art practice for over ten years. My habit and ritual is to participate in a drawing session once or twice weekly. In this way I have accumulated stacks of drawing pads filled with drawings. I have been motivated to devise ways to “recycle” the drawings because of the ongoing consumption and accumulation of paper.
The figure drawings serve as a record of the hours and the efforts in my process towards mastery. Many are quick gesture drawings completed in two to three minutes; others were allotted more time. I consider this my practice rather than my professional “body of work”.
Ideally, Decomposition: Indecent Exposure will speak to issues of the environment and sustainability. My intention is for the environmental effects of weather (wind, rain, and sun) to impact the work in its own way by tearing and dislodging the paper or soaking and diluting the ink. Consequently, the figures may dissolve and the paper will decompose. Human beings in our natural state are subject to environmental effects; like paper, we are simultaneously vulnerable and resilient. We must see ourselves as part of nature rather than an independent agent in the nature/culture dichotomy.
I can trace the origins of this project back twenty years in my tenure as an artist. When I returned from a trip through Lancaster County, Pennsylvania I produced a series of prints inspired by Amish clothes hung out to dry. Hanging “sheets” of paper mimics the Amish way of conserving natural resources.
For more about other work by Linda Thomas, visit Prographica.