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Jennifer Vasher Tova Drawing Are We Even

The large format charcoal, pastel, and ink drawings are documentation of psychological and physical landscapes, these two from family histories. 

The titles Unlikely Bedfellows; Are We Even Related? (The Thunderbird Lodge, Canyon de Chelly) and Unknown Location for a Baptism (Somewhere outside Charleston, Mississippi 1956) announcing both location and event.  2021,  Dimensions together 56" W x 60" H

Vasher's continued exploration and exploitation of history and process are explored and exploited through the imagery, the give and take of mark making, and through opacity and transparency. By pairing incongruous materials such as charcoal and synthetic polypropylene paper, the drawings introduce intentional conflict and struggle into the mark-making process; a resistance followed by moments of ease or release. The physical effort of marrying mediums then becomes an act of resolution. Through additive and subtractive gestures, Vasher marks up, tears down, swipes out, and builds anew.

The event-locations, whether from the artist's personal history or other stories resonate, however abstract, with contemporary socio-political concerns, for instance, Are We Even Related? to the great red and blue divide in America today. 

Jennifer Vasher Tova drawing
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