being in the woods
Minimalist drawings using walnut ink and a nib are serenely precise and flow with life energy. The repetition and hand/mind control pulses across the sheen of the paper like heart beats, the measure of time is palpable and flowing. Experiencing the drawings is like watching moonlight dapple the forest floor, the ebb and flow of water over rocks in a brook, and the strangeness of the pattern recognition. Each mark in the sequences captures a moment in time, memorialized with the utmost concentration and care, fading slowly across the span, then is reborn. — Don Brewer
Stella has created a series of drawings that are driven not by results but by process. Each of these drawings is made using the same ink, the same pen, the same unrelenting process. The results reveal themselves to be reminders of her meandering walks and joyful runs in the woods. The straight trunks making blurred lines that suggest motion, space, and time — a DNA image of being in the woods.
This installation, Being in the Woods, consists of drawings by Stella Untalan, sound by Lesley Tao Mowat, and a corrugated cardboard construction: [bar] by Brian David Dennis.