Saturday, September 8, 2012

"Greatmother and Mom", 8 1/2" x 11", chalk, graphite and collage

These drawings are  from a recent show I was part of at Kibbee Gallery in Atlanta.   They are based on a series of old family photos I inherited when my great aunt passed away. I was fascinated not only by the pictures, but the stories that came with the collection.  This is an image of my mom and her mother. The paper I used in the collage is the paper that the photos were originally glued onto. The paper albums were created by an eccentric family member, who apparently didn't go out much but had many hobbies, including teaching herself Braille- despite the fact no one in our family was blind.   I have masses of this crumbling old paper that came with the photos, and it is all covered in Braille. I'll let you know when I find out what it all says. Right now it's still a mystery to me.

"Nancy Sue and Frances", 8 1/2" x 11",  chalk, graphite and collage

With this series I wanted to integrate the handwriting of the past along with the imagery. The writing and "stamp" on this drawing are  reproduced from what was on the back of the photograph. I projected and then traced the handwriting directly onto my drawing in order to have as exact of a copy as possible. I don't know who originally labeled the photograph of these two sisters (one is my grandmother), or when, but I like the idea that their mark remains present. 


  1. These are so beautiful, Brandon. I love the way you use white...somehow it makes your images look like a memory.


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