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These recent drawings explore both skin and bone, and tell allegorical tales about the frailty of the body.  Layered against a backdrop of Descartes’ diagram of “plenum”, the energy that powered the planets, are forms of heads, scaffolding, prosthetic supports and inky spills that delineate the boundaries between these forms.  An interior breath seems to animate the forms in some places and to deflate or collapse them in others.  The scaffolds attach themselves as parasites do to a host,  preventing the collapse of the larger forms while simultaneously draining off energy.The spontaneity of torn paper and its delicate parchment quality is set against the represented volumes of the energy diagram in the background.  The spill of ink crosses the borders of both paper edge and drawn volume, in a fluid transgression of all that seems static or stable.

Ellen Driscoll 2005