ARTWORK > Untitled [Hot Air Balloon]

Hot Air Dispersal
Archival Ink on vellum
2.75 inches x 10 inches (open)
2013
Hot Air Dispersal
Archival ink on paper
2.75 inches x 10 inches
2013
Hot Air Dispersal
Archival ink on paper
2.75 inches x 10 inches
2013
Hot Air Dispersal
Archival ink on paper
2.75 inches x 10 inches
2013

This layered drawing shows a single hot air balloon lowering itself in the foreground. Other balloons simultaneously multiply into two, then four, and eventually several hot air balloons that shadow this downward movement. These symmetrical, silhouetted balloons look at once like a diagram of mitosis or an inkblot test, unfolding and multiplying into a magical scene. Originally conceived as a video that showed a calm and meditative descent, this work was meant to emphasize the beauty and simplicity of the return to homeostasis.

In later reflection on this piece as a drawing, I realized the focus was less on an evolution, and more on a singular figure that moves through a fictional space and time, shadowed by other figures with similar trajectories. The shadows could be that figure in a past or future moment, but here the entirety of this story is compressed into the space of drawing.