I recently attended an art performance event hosted by a collective of Vancouver based Russian artists which offered space for participants to show their work, discuss art projects and socialize while grooving to the music of local live musicians and dj's.
Lately, I have been drawing with Sharpie markers on glass which I hold in front of my face like a window through which I see the world. In this performance, friend and fellow artist Puma Malik and I are attempting to draw each other's portraits through the glass. As we take turns adding a few lines to the board, it becomes increasingly challenging to create an accurate representation of the other. Perspective and depth change with the slightest body movement, lines intertwine and it eventually becomes almost impossible to tell her lines from mine. Mistakes are made, and our distorted faces end up melting on the glass into a rather scary-looking four-eyed double-mouthed thing!
With for many the goal of drawing is an attempt to see the world the way it truly is, I like to play with the idea of the discrepancy between perception and reality which is caused by the "filter" of our minds. The glass, appearing as a filter that separates us from the world, demonstrates how our own subjectivities shape and ultimately limit our ability to really see, and truly understand, other human beings.
A larger scale performance on this theme is currently in the works...stay tuned!