I used to sketch with a number 2 pencil. There was something about how direct the process was. Hold a pencil, make a mark. There was little thought as to what medium I would finally use or what color I would use if the sketch became a full color drawing or painting.
When making these pieces I am, in a way, still making a “sketch” but the process is not as direct. It’s difficult not to think of attachment points, the materials used or just how fragile a work might be.
Also, when I am sketching, the process is quick. Speed is critical to getting a kind of spontaneity into the drawing. With these assemblages the process is much slower. Place a few items together and wait. Place a few more items together, wait a bit more. This makes it so much more difficult to keep that spontaneity alive.
I don’t know if the above “sketch” with be born so I will wait.