This, to date, is the largest drawing I ever created. As part of a group of other MICA students enrolled in Trudi Ludwig Johnson's Drawing II class, I participated in an exhibition of drawings that depict songs or poems. I chose MGMT's "Kids" which can be interpreted as a song calling for people to be more responsible with what they take not only from this planet but from each other.
As a play on this theme, I decided to create a massive sized piece which can symbolize not only how important the message it's also a bit hypocritical in how much extra materials were "taken" to create a piece of this size. The tree on the far left has little taken from it but as the viewer looks farther to the right, more and more of the tree is removed revealing a second layer that is two to three inches behind the first tree layer which has the lyrics "take only what you need from me" repeated with walnut ink.
Various materials were used to create the texture of the trees such as graphite, charcoal, white conte crayon, india ink, and masking tape as well as coffee which I toned all of the paper with. The drawing was displayed as part of an exhibition that was on view in the Peabody Conservatory of Music from December 2011 through July 2012.