For this project I was assigned to combine materiality and representation using charcoal. What that means is I had to produce a drawing that was based of of something. That could be a physical thing or an emotion. I had to represent that in my piece. I then had to spend the week understand how charcoal behaves as a medium and use that to my advantage to create my representation. This is what I made.

I chose to learn more toward materiality than representation. My initial inspiration the small veiny texture I created by experimenting with rolling a block of charcoal around on a page covered in powder charcoal. Rather than the charcoal leaving a mark, it picked up the powder charcoal giving it a very unique texture. It reminding me of pebbles.

I used that to inspire what I would represent. I chose to represent a cracked, pebbled side walk that I walk past everyday on my way to class. Because I was more focused on materiality, I didn't worry about making my sidewalk realistic or even recognizable as a sidewalk. It is a close up view with the dark lines running across the drawing representing the cracks. I chose to leave the space around the cracks white because I like the high contrast since the cracks are the darkest things throughout the drawing.

Throughout the whole piece, I really enjoyed incorporation mistakes into the drawing rather than covering them up. I liked how to created variety and something truly unique. This piece was very tedious to make, but I am very pleased with the end result and had a lot of fun created an abstract representation of an overlooked sidewalk.


Barbara Januszkiewicz 

"Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change."

Pablo Picasso

"The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense."


Yo-Yo Ma

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks."