Neil Groom led this meeting of the Unit.
This week our aim was to show in our drawings a clear connection or relationship between the model and the surrounding space – to give him a ‘spatial’ context. In the first half of the session, we asked the model to consider himself as a part of the architectural structure or as a conduit expanding between architectural elements. This concept informed the dynamic poses and activated the space he occupied. The poses put much pressure on the structure of his body; so he decided how long his body could take the stresses or loads. This in turn dictated the relatively short duration of most poses (10 – 15 mins) and informed the manner in which we were forced to work.
In the second part of the session, in contrast we used a box to as a means to explore contracting, containing or obscuring the figure.