Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen performance kinetc drawing dance
Photo by Bryan Tarnowski

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen performance kinetc drawing dance
Photo by Bryan Tarnowski

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen performance kinetc drawing dance
Photo by Bryan Tarnowski

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen performance kinetc drawing dance
Photo by Bryan Tarnowski

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen performance kinetc drawing dance
Photo by Bryan Tarnowski

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen performance kinetc drawing dance
Photo by Bryan Tarnowski

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen performance kinetc drawing dance
Photo by Bryan Tarnowski

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen performance kinetc drawing dance
Photo by Bryan Tarnowski

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen performance kinetc drawing dance
Photo by Spencer Hansen at Ochi Gallery

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen performance kinetc drawing dance
Photo by Spencer Hansen at Ochi Gallery

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen performance kinetc drawing dance
Photo by Spencer Hansen at Ochi Gallery

Emptied Gestures: Physical Movement Translated into Symmetrical Charcoal Drawings by Heather Hansen performance kinetc drawing dance
Photo by Spencer Hansen at Ochi Gallery

Splayed across a giant paper canvas with pieces of charcoal firmly grasped in each hand, Heather Hansen begins a grueling physical routine atop a sizeable paper canvas. Her body contorts into carefully choreographed gestures as her writing implements grate across the floor, the long trails resulting in a permanent recording of her physical movements. Part dance and part performance art, the kinetic drawings are a way for Hansen to merge her love for visual art and dance into a unified artform. The final symmetrical patterns that emerge in each pieces are reminiscent of a Rorschach test, or perhaps cycles found in nature.

Hansen most recently had a group exhibition, The Value of a Line, at Ochi Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho which runs through March 31, 2014. All photography above courtesy the artist by Spencer Hansen and Bryan Tarnowski. (via iGNANT, My Modern Met)

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