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Big Drawing, Little Drawing.

22 Nov

Ink sketch: Cahir Conree, County Kerry, Ireland.

Last week I went to the opening of Mary-Ann Kokoska’s fabulous exhibition ‘Drawing: Land and Sky’, featuring her HUGE three-dimensional drawing installations based on the vast landscape and wild weather of Colorado USA, where she lives and teaches. Her drawings are room sized and overwhelm the viewer with their vastness and intensity.

Drawing Installation: Prickly Wrap by Mary-Ann Kokoska.

This floor to ceiling drawing at Elysium Gallery in Swansea shows her multi-layered technique, overlapping different types of paper and mylar film [mark-resist] which give extraordinary depth to the drawing and it curves out of the wall into the gallery space. Each mark is carefully considered and she can take several months to make one of these vast drawings.

Unlike me. I rarely do landscapes but now and again, when I’m off travelling, I have been known to make the occasional study. It usually takes me all of three minutes 🙂 ! And they rarely exceed an A6 page. Here are two quick scribbles I made last year during a trip to Ireland. We took a back road and crossed a mountain range on our way to Dingle in County Kerry – it’s called Cahir Conree. Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens into a silk-bound A6 sketchbook.

.”]Mary-Ann’s amazing exhibition continues at Elysium Gallery in Swansea until December 23rd. Wednesday – Saturday, 12.00 – 5.00. Free entry.



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