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  PAK KEUNG WAN < Untitled [from theTotipotenti series]
pencil on paper
200 x 150cm
© Pak Keung Wan 2007
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'Drawing is a way for me to enter into relations with the surrounding world. Of natural phenomena, energies and forces, of inner forms and cosmic bodies, I am attracted to such things. It grows out from an inclination to inhabit a space apart from the human realm and where making is a process through which an-‘other’ is internalised to choreograph a way of moving, thinking, of being.

Such an engagement is often directed by rules and procedures, sometimes self-imposed at other times determined by the process or materials involved. Perhaps this impulse is a result of my study in Printmaking or practice of the martial arts where a freedom within a form is sought. Yet I also see it as a way to relinquish what is habitual in order to make work that I may not have made and to experience the world of making as participant.

Entangled within this motif is the repeat, the again, of drawing a line, performing a movement, undertaking a method. I derive meaning from the cycles in nature, of experiencing life recurring. Yet it is also aligned with an understanding that entwined within the process of making is the simultaneity of being made-back which brings forth a consciousness towards my own body as material. Perhaps Brian Eno’s maxim is appropriate here, that ‘repetition is a form of change’.

Through the repetitions that take place within my drawings I feel myself being inscripted with the energies of my subject, with a sense of being drawn by. Drawing inhabits the body. It is found in the act of breathing, in the passage of substances between membranes, in the pull of forces between bodies. Drawing is an expansive act.'

Pak Keung Wan 2013

 

 

 

 
 
   
  Untitled [from Totipotenti series [detail]
pencil on paper
200 x 150cm
© Pak Keung Wan 2007







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