Theresa Antonellis

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Contact Information

E-mail: anton20t@mtholyoke.edu

Artist Statement

My method is literally one breath per one line. These paintings represent territories of the hand made and of the body. Every line in the painting represents an occupation of space and time, a testimony to having breathed, having been in the body, and having been here now. The breath itself has the singular quality of being subject to both conscious and unconscious control. At the boundary of the unconscious and conscious a threshold: a place and where body and mind meet. I cannot will myself to cease breathing, but I may be able to will the body to longer or shorter breaths, or direct my attention to be aware of subtle breath sensations in my body. Every line is a response to the previous line.
Rules:
1. One line per one breath
2. Length of line limited by range of motion.
3. Each line is drawn as close together as possible, but not touching.
4. Lines are as straight as possible.
5. Every line is dependent upon the previous line for form, width, depth and length.
6. Rules 4 and 5 are interdependent.
7. No corrections are made and each mark is permanent.

Process:
With the exhaled breath, one individual mark is drawn.
With the inhaled breath, I reposition my hand.
The focus is divided equally between physical, mental and visual observations. My observations are focused on: breathing sensations, the mark-making, visual aspect of the drawing and the thought processes.
The variations in marks and rhythmic changes are due to bodily and mental limitations. The whole of the image floats up and down on the paper’s surface, depending on states of fatigue or energy. Where I lack concentration, the image looks a little broken. When I’m really focused, the lines are cohesive, and I can ‘read’ a record of breath.
 

One Breath One Line

One Breath One Line

Price: $8,400.00
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One Breath One Line

One Breath One Line

Price: $8,400.00
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One Breath One line

One Breath One line

Price: $8,400.00
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One Breath One Line

One Breath One Line

Price: $8,400.00
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