MEDITATIONS ON THE FIGURE
Observational figure drawing by its very practice proves itself necessary to and exemplary of human nature in a manner similar to the logical proofs scribed by Rene Descartes in Meditations on First Philosophy. The work is heavily influenced by a modern humanist perspective of metaphysics and—by association—ontology. Consilience of the philosophical and scientific concept of indirect—or rather, representational realism—is exhibited by the loosely representational manner in which the drawings are rendered. Just as Descartes created logical arguments by extrapolating his perceptions of physical and metaphysical reality so too is every line in the drawings a result of some true observed element. Descartes examines wax as it changes state and form just as I investigate the varying conditions of the physical, mental, and ephemeral presence of the individual throughout the influence of time and space. Drawing the figure from observation, therefore, is both the most primal and transcendent compulsion that a human being can possess.