The architectural drawings I am currently working on came about through grieving the loss of my father in late 2014. He was an architect who enjoyed exploration, always interested in finding new ways to get from here to there. I wanted to create a body of work that served as both a commemoration of his life, and a relief from the heartbreak of his death.
I started exploring parts of Baltimore City I did not know well. At some point I began taking photographs of certain buildings and structures that caught my attention, ones I thought would have been of interest to my dad. These ruminations, explorations, and photographs have become the foundation for my new body of work.
My goal is not to simply document buildings. I want to capture feeling, either my own somber feeling or a feeling I think a building can personify. I often manipulate the light and dark areas within my compositions, taking artistic liberties when applying the charcoal. As I have progressed in the series a desire to leave parts of the structures unfinished has developed, alluding to a sense of loss or emptiness. The challenge of balancing highly rendered areas with the underlying minimal framework of lines has become a focus, one that I anticipate will evolve as my exploration of the City continues to deepen. To leave the framework of the drawing visible is an attempt to reveal not only the immensity of the structure, but also the immensity of my grief.