Gestural calligraphy series

rooster
Rooster
frigatebird
Frigatebird
bloodline3
Abstract calligraphy
bloodline2
Abstract calligraphy
Bloodline1
Abstract calligraphy
AfricanCrane
Grey crowned crane
lettercrow
calligraphic crow
head
portrait of a girl
heart1
heart of letters
tulips
pot of tulips
birdsinnest
baby birds in a nest

 

This series was made between 2013 and 2015 to experiment with calligraphic textures that occupy more or less defined areas. They also proved to be a relaxing therapy by not having to think too hard about what to write with a pen. It is related to automatic writing exercises where you shouldn’t think before writing and the hand is not controlled by the conscious mind.

Probably a good way of telling what you do not want to tell anyone, putting it on paper but also hiding it to make it unreadable. Or, you can simply write what people say around you. And then you give the shape and composition you want.


One of my professors in grad school liked the abstract ones especially
. I guess the gestural and abstract elements are what caught his attention. I like gestural calligraphy because the hand flows without having to express a coherent language, but must also retain control so the strokes are aesthetically pleasing. And it could mean anything.

For someone introverted like me, it can be a way of express yourself without having to say anything.

 

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