September 30, 2019

How far can one develop within the constraints of limitation, restriction, repetition and duplication?

Roanne O'Donnell

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Oil, cold wax and graphite on paperSurface Work 2. Thomas Wilson & Mary O'Donnell Wilson, 2018180x114 cm

How far can one develop within the constraints of limitation, restriction, repetition and duplication?

The subject of my work is process, limitation, restriction and repetition.

Restricting my materials and with a strict, mark-making action, I deliberately control the painfully slow progression of the surfaces. It is a twenty year investigation.

The mark is a horizontal line. The most direct I know
The substrate is paper.
Binders are limited to oil and cold wax.
Materials are restricted to ivory black pigment, graphite and charcoal.
The physical process is the monotonous repetitive movement of mark-making by bending over paper, laid flat, and drawing the line or moving my paint mixtures across the surface over and over, again and again.

The concept is gemination: ”No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” Heraclitus of Ephesus.