“Figure Drawn”, a book launch and exhibition by artist and Painting + Printmaking faculty Brynn Higgins-Stirrup will take place at our Gallery on November 23, 12:30–2pm. At the launch, Brynn will discuss her book and the works from the exhibition with Painting + Printmaking Assistant Professor Michael Perrone
“Figure Drawn” reflects on Brynn's artistic practice during her time as Artist-in-Residence at VCUarts Qatar in 2019–20 and expands to her current position as remote teaching faculty, working from her studio in Montreal, Canada.
The project presents her creative practice and research, focusing on a series of drawings and sculptures that map the histories of academy and scientific drawing traditions, primarily sourced from Europe and the Middle East. She maps these histories through the careful dismantling of intricate diagrams and canonical drawings, working to untangle and find play within the complex ties between drawing and knowledge production.
This tracing acts as a method for discerning the evolution of ideas around sight, perception, and representation to elucidate the tenuous nature of knowledge itself.
Through the creation of these visually ambiguous works, Brynn presents a subversive progress, as the intertwined histories of drawing and seeing are reimagined into less linear, more expansive narratives.
The exhibition will run from November 15 to December 6.
The “Figure Drawn” book can be acquired by contacting Brynn at http://www.brynnhigginsstirrup.com/