Wellesley College, 2017
In a process-oriented study of the dynamic movement of a contemporary dancer, I am experimenting with the two-dimensional representation of tense and fluid gesture, positive and negative space, and the dynamic between light and shadow during the dancer’s sequence. I use lines as a means to deconstruct and eventually embody the various elements of the movement in a three-dimensional structure. My approach is influenced by the visual language of artists such as William Forsythe, Hélio Oiticica, Hans Haacke and Santiago Calatrava. I initiated the process based on a series of my long-exposure photographs of a dancer performing.
These images illustrate some of the ways in which I responded to the first series of photographs I took of the dancer. Above, the use of light and shadow echoes the the movement of the dancer’s forearms through space, while the triangulations on the bottom left illustrate the uninhabited space around her.
In the next phase of the study, I plan to delve further into that which restrains and accentuates her motions.