Drawing in layers for deeper expression

How can one overcome the hurdle of flatness in a drawing? Isn’t the surface, mostly a kind of paper, pushing somehow to flatness?
There are the skills of an artist to mimic a three dimensional perception, based on what and how we learned to see the outer world: by shadows and light and by distorted shapes were our brain already learned from experience to see more than for example just a rectangle with two distorted rectangles alongside it: we see a cube!

EPSON MFP image And further our cognition skills see beyond the flatness. But only if this reflects our experienced and learned objects. A young child is more free here as it it doesn’t need to adhere to those learned patterns. For example the table with all legs stretching out at right angle into all four directions. An adult wants to see the table legs all going into one direction – downwards.

EPSON MFP imageSo far the theory.

What can a contemporary artist do to stretch the patterns and find new expressions of non-flatness?
Coming from the exhibition about Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville the in Kunsthaus Zurich , Switzerland, I found other ways to give the perception of non-flatness. One could overlap multiple drawings on top of each other, assuming that those layers are transparent or translucent.
Another way is done by Jenny Saville in her work ‘Oxyrhynchus – Untitled 2014’: http://artobserved.com/artimages/2014/07/Jenny-Savile_Oxyrhynchus_Untitled-2014_Gagosian-London.jpg

Overlaying images, oil and charcoal, intermitting, movement. All this together gives a multidimensional picture of even more than one object solely. Intriguing in its mere perception.

I think I will consider this in my own and further works.



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