20 drawings (10 diptychs), colored pencil on paper, each drawing 24.5"x8.5," 2009
These drawings represent variations of the rhythms of the musical composition Dust of Snow from 1942 by Elliott Carter (with text by Robert Frost). The colored squares are representations of variations created by using the Cuisenaire Rods, a music and math teaching tool developed in the 1920s by Belgian schoolteacher Georges Cuisenaire.
Ten multilayered drawings, watercolor on paper overlaid with watercolor on vellum, A4, 2007
This series of drawings utilizes images from music by J.S. Bach and information related to the trial of the Somali immigrant Nuradin Abdi, whose case was described in my previous film, Possible Models (2004). Abdi was arrested in 2003 and accused of planning to blow up a shopping mall in Columbus Ohio (my home state). The case finally went to trial on August 6, 2007. Abdi made a deal with the U.S. Government to plead guilty to one charge. He will be given 10 years in prison and then most likely be deported to Somalia.
The drawings combine images of technology, restricted trees, music by Bach and keyboard tunings, along with maps of Somalia and Ohio. Each drawing is two or three layers, base layer is watercolor on archival paper, with one or two drawings of watercolor on vellum layered on top.