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Vida Simon BFA '93
My work incorporates drawing, writing, objects, gesture, and sound, combined to form site-responsive installations and performances. I have made works for a wide range of contexts – galleries, hotel rooms, people’s homes, storefront windows, theatres, rooftops, and books. Linking all aspects of my practice is a love of drawing. For me drawing is the most direct, fluid form to express my interests in visual storytelling, materiality, and gesture. I approach it as an embodied language, a process of excavation, a way of wandering and wondering. Recent performances have incorporated live drawing, for example continually drawing with charcoal over a period of several days, or drawing on an overhead projector. I am compelled by the magical effect of the projections—the spatial and temporal displacements that take place when miniature drawings and silhouettes of objects are magnified into huge, expressive scenes right before your eyes. I also like the way it amplifies vulnerability: if I am nervous, my hand is seen shaking on a large scale. It is this merging of the sensuous, the detail, and the theatrical that really interests me. With these works I try to capture the palpable yet ephemeral quality of drawing-improvisation. Through layering and erasing the drawings transform from abstract marks to illusionistic scenes to fields of enlarged texture, and at times my body becomes another figure in the tableau. Whether on paper or projected, traces from one drawing dissolve into the next, and fragments of narratives gradually emerge, inviting the audience to project their own stories.