Drawing and Driving was conceived while on residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2006. The experimental project became a way for me to redefine a relationship to land/place, by drawing what I experienced, while simultaneously attempting to control a descending, gravity powered vehicle. The drawing vehicle became a simulated version of how I often experience the outdoors (from a perspective of a moving vehicle), which touches on the notion of technology and the speed of a contemporary life. While there are references to absurdist actions or perhaps performance, the act of drawing and driving ultimately became an organic point of contact between the natural world and the man-made one; the drawings could in a sense be created by both myself and the thrashing vehicle. The project has since become one of the most important and critical investigations in my process and I’m forever grateful for my experience at Skowhegan for helping me discover this. The Drawing and Driving Project has been well received by a number of notable institutions, and has found permanent homes in the collection of The National Gallery of Canada,in Ottawa, Ontario and the Phoenix Art Museum, in Arizona.
Drawing and Driving with the crew from Axel Contemporary and students from the Institute for American Indian Art, 2019