States of Being Live

States of Being Live (SBL) is a collaborative, community work made with volunteer models. Each person poses for about 20 minutes while I make a whole body portrait. The portraits layer on top of each other, creating an accumulation of figures and a whole, abstract drawing of the community in which individuals are visible. The project is inclusive and meant to draw a group of people together.

Please get in touch if you would like to do States of Being Live with your family, community or organization. SBL is fun and a different kind of portrait project for gatherings of people, large or small: family reunions, corporate sites, community centers.

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SBL at LaPop D.C.

In March of 2019 I created States of Being Live with volunteers from the community at LaPop, a Cultural Salon in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington D.C.. Working over the course of four days, I drew thirty-one people altogether. Each person posed for about 20 minutes while I made a whole body portrait of her/him/them.

On the fourth day, a Sunday, I held a free workshop for people interested in making their own life-size, life drawings. Participants ranged from experienced to new artists. I did a demo, teaching my strategy for drawing at life-size and then paired people up so that they could draw each other. It was wonderful for me to see what everybody made and that they enjoyed the project.

Past SBL projects

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