"Shadow Drawing No. 6" by Jayne Lawrence
artist: JAYNE LAWRENCE
SHADOW DRAWING NO. 6
27" x 22" Graphite on Lenox
Part of the online exhibition, "April Dressed in All Its Trim" with guest curator, Paula Owen
"Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play."
Like the young man in the poem, I found myself in a similar state one spring. It was a sunny April morning, and the shadows of dried Lunaria, resting on my window sill, fell across my drawing table. I stood in the doorway awhile, fascinated as I watched the subtle shifts of light and shadow upon the clean white flat surface. Memories of my mother, who had passed away thirty years ago flooded into my mind and I was overwhelmed. It was as if each shifting shadow shape contained a memory of her with its borders. I knew I had to try to capture those shapes before they disappeared. Grabbing a stack of drawing papers, I spent the next two weeks creating a series of Lunaria shadow drawings. The drawings stopped with the spring rains. This drawing is the last in the series.
–– Jayne Lawrence
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