The Workhouse is pleased to announce the opening of our latest Warrior Way exhibit, James Kennedy’s “images from tranquility within the chaotic mind”.
Reception: January 14, 2017. 6p-9p
Drawing was always difficult for me in the past, between tremors and focus. When I would try to focus, or think of what to draw, there were too many thoughts in my head. Much of what I would avoid thinking about, would be vivid in my mind. Bad memories, stress, or so many things that I couldn’t even keep a thought for more than a few seconds. It wasn’t until I started some new medications to keep my from having racing thoughts whenever my mind wasn’t occupied by external entertainment, that I was able clear my mind. One day, while waiting to go to sleep, I just made a couple random lines on a piece of paper. For some reason, I quit thinking about what I was going to do, and started focusing on that second. Instead of, “Where is my pencil going to go?” I thought about where it was at the moment. I would see the empty spaces, and draw more lines, with no destination. Some short, some long, mostly curved, because the tremors in my hand made it difficult to draw a straight line. The changes in direction relaxed me. Eventually, shapes started to form, and there was clarity, and before I knew it, about an hour passed, and I looked back at my first creation as if I had never seen it before. This became routine, each night. I would take my meds and draw. After a week, it was merely making the lines, with no thought, my focus being solely on the moment, and the motion of my pencil that had the same effect as the medication. As if a form of meditation. This has become of form of medication for me. Now, to slow my thoughts, I make a line, instead of taking poison. All of the images are what my mind would create, without any external influence. As if things that were buried deep inside me, and my perception of the world around me, would manifest through the movement of my pencil.