|The Nude in the 21st Century|
Thomas C. Jackson
I've always had great respect for draftsmanship. I often use a single brush and ink to draw directly from life without any preliminary pencil sketching to create a high contrast, simplified realism. The thick/thin line and various types of marks result from the direction, feel, and pressure of the brush on paper. There is no subtle layering or erasure. It has been described as "working without a net." You get what you get the first time and it either works or it doesn't. This practice forces quick decisions and a "just do it" state of mind.
Viewers of these drawings are reminded of body-related social and political issues: perceptions of ideal beauty and society's pressure to attain that ideal; the relentless use of the youthful human body in marketing; sexuality, gender identification or ambiguity, body image, relationship dynamics, aging, mental and physical health, etc. My subject is as old and universal as Man and speaks to me of endless possibility.