Anne Wehrley Björk
Artist Statement Robert Hughes, an Australian art critic said, “Drawing holds on by the skin of its teeth, because the hunger it satisfies ... the desire for an active, investigative manually vivid relation with the things we see and yearn to know about … is apparently immortal.” In my artistic practice, in both painting and drawing, I often think of this quote. Movement plays an integral part of my work, in either medium. Drawing is about developing the right side of your brain to take in every nuance and detail of the object, in this case, the human body, a form which is nonpareil as far as continually challenging the artist. The many contortions and poses which a good model can assume, are endless. The more that I draw my models, the more familiar I am with their graceful poses and the confidence which they have in their own bodies. It is the connection of the artist’s eye and hand, and the connection between the artist and the model which are essential to executing such a work. The artistic dedication to continually refine this eye-hand connection, combined with the ever changing challenges of drawing, sometimes comes together to result in a beautiful representation of the human form. Herein lies the beauty and the magic of drawing.