Two Drawings In Response to Viramontes’ Novel, Cemetery Boys.

Untitled, Drawing by JoAnna Commandaros

While listening to Helena Maria Viramontes read from her book, Cemetery Boys at Alphabet City/City of Asylum I spontaneously took out my sketchbook and started picking out words. It was the night of the elections. We were all anxious about it and Helena’s words were energetically powerful. These drawings, prompted by her words, became a type of meditation, a kind of stream of consciousness drawings. I was very tuned in, tapped in and turned on by her vibrational output which started to flow from my heart and through my hands. This series of drawings, Compose Life A New View, reflects a powerful and significant moment in time, in history for me. It’s that magical moment when art generates art contemporaneously.

 

Untitled (2016) 5 x 7  
Handmade plant paper, felt tip marker

 

Untitled (2016) 5 x 7  
Handmade plant paper, felt tip marker

 


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