A Wheel of Emotions

Drawing is a basic form of artistic record. The dynamics of notation allow me to treat writing as a form of drawing, an act strongly connected with the expression of the human body. In my practice I examine how language is bonded to the human body and what the relation between writing and drawing is.

A Wheel of Emotions presents a deep conflict between feelings and their attempted expressions through words. It is a diagram, a map of links between human emotions defined in various languages. Every culture has a different range of vocabulary to name emotional states. In dictionaries of Western European languages I found around 100 words describing human feelings. They have become the essential material for creating my hypertextual drawings.

I put eight names of basic emotions in the centre of my work and 92 names of derivative emotions on the perimeter of the wheel. Additionally, I identified dozens of terms, mainly originating from Hebrew or Asian languages, describing feelings emerging on the boundaries between two or three emotions. These are situated outside the circle. They often do not have equivalents in the vocabulary of many Western European languages.
To construct my drawing I use lines and arcs based on dimensions and geometry of my own body, e.g. my height, my arm span or my body tilting away from its axis.

In A Wheel of Emotions the drawing line becomes the writing line. I write until writing comes back to its own roots and becomes a pure, visual sign. I call the drawing tradition into question and implement the body movement into the act of creation in order to to give writing back to the body and the body back to drawing, not as an object (a model), but as the subject of art and humanities studies (palimpsest of feelings, gestures, experiences and their expressions).

Medium: soft graphite on wall.
Format: 450 x 580 cm.

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