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week 14: circular ruins

Posted on April 7, 2012 by aks

This magical objective had come to fill his entire soul; if someone had asked him his own name, or inquired into any feature of his life until then, he would not have been able to answer.

– from The Circular Ruins by Jorge Luis Borges

This Borges short story is so thought provoking – to me he captures the elusiveness of our ability to be aware of our own place in the cycle of life, time and in our connections to each other in this somewhat strange but original story. Wikipedia has a good description of the story –> here.

I am amazed at how hard it is to draw a circle that looks interesting. I started to draw circles and lines which reminded me a little of Sol Lewitt and led me to the sketch ‘Memories of a Circle’ that includes images I recall from Eva Hesse, Ellsworth Kelly, Barbara Hepworth and Sol Lewitt. I spent more time staring at these drawings than painting this week because I can’t seem to draw a circle in an original or meaningful way. I hope drawing a circle doesn’t become the magical objective that causes me to look track of myself and time (though I can already imagine this scenario).

Circles and Lines 1, pencil and gouache on paper, 15 x 11 inches


Circles and Lines 2, pencil and gouache on paper, 15 x 11 inches


Memories of a Circle, pencil and gouache on paper, 15 x 11 inches


Circular (After Jana Thork Pro), pencil and charcoal on paper, 10 x 10 inches

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