While shaping each work I am simultaneously also the astonished observer of it’s development. When spontaneously making the successive lines it is sometimes as if my hand is making the decisions as to how much to deviate from following what was previously laid down.
Originally I recorded, on the bottom of each drawing, all of the dates worked, calling attention to process. This prompted questions about which section was drawn which day, usually accompanied by a laugh.
In 2005, taking up the challenge, I started to record date and time at the start and end of each line.
Pushing absurdity, the notations evolved to include sequence numbers and subtotals of active drawing time.
Written numbers build up, lines fan out reading as texture, radically affecting how the drawings evolve.
As in science recording observations can alter results.
In 2012 I started drawing into vigorously splashed paint, superimposing notated and precisely inscribed topography over agitated surfaces.
Unpredicted [un premeditated] actions inform much of my work.
Ellen Grossman http://www.ellengrossman.com