D. Mortimer, How to Draw Hands
When I am bored at conferences I draw the speakers. I draw the people in the room. Usually people whose faces I find interesting or attractive. I find I can listen better and understand more when I draw.
One of the last exhibitions I went to see before the pandemic was Charlotte Salomon’s Life or Theatre? Leben Oder Theater? at The Jewish Museum in Camden. The work was made while Salomon was in exile and hiding from the Nazis in the South of France in 1939. She produced close to 800 gouache paintings on A4 based on the events of her life. Each painting is accompanied by a transparency that is hand painted with text. The text either narrates, or playfully undercuts, the image it responds to. On my visit I latched onto a curators tour that was already in mid-swing.
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Published as part of Warm Yourself By My Trash Fire (March – May 2020)