Drawings in this series were informed by photos which caught various patterns of light on the surface of water. My interest in the Light and Space period poked through them early on when I began to think of reflected light as a two-dimensional material shape. The appeal of drawing light patterns is in stretching my drawing chops with a focus on stretching the formal qualities of each series’ materials.

       The series include photo-realistic drawings done in graphite on mylar, which lends a translucent quality to them. In small drawings done on black paper, light patterns on the surface of receding waves suggest stellar formations, the nightscape of a city or aqueous sludge. The references were unanticipated while I focused on developing a new (to me) language of mark making, replacing the sfumato of the graphite drawings with tiny, nervous scratches and ticks. The opacity of gouache, watercolor, or Prismacolor pencils in other drawings conveys the density of light and its luminosity against the black ground. The most recent drawings on black paper mark another switch in materials to charcoal and pastel, and a more graphic image and flat surface.

       These drawings' formal qualities and compact size belie their multiple references. My hope is viewers are engaged by those references and the concept of light as a material shape.

Denice Bartels