On the Road
They have worries, they're counting the miles, they're thinking about where to sleep tonight....the weather, how they'll get there - and all the time they'll get there anyway, you see..... and all the time it all flies by them and they know it and that too worries them no end. "On the Road," Jack Kerouac
These drawings are based on digital photographs I shot while commuting on New England highways. The series began in 2003 and is on-going.
Driving on the highway for long stretches of time is an odd activity. An acute awareness of the passing of time contrasts with a meditative stillness. Longing for the familiarity of home competes with desire for the unknown.
Transience and impermanence are inherent in the imagery and the fragile materials of the drawings. The circular field creates an ocular space, setting up a tension between the round surface and the linear perspective of the vehicles. Depicted in various views of departure, these cars and trucks are forever leaving the viewer.