artist’s statement

Drawing has always been a central focus of my work. When a subject captures my attention, I explore it until what is on the surface drops away. Repetition allows me to get to a much deeper and more intimate level of expression. As I work through a series, the marks I make, and the forms that emerge are distilled so that what is most essential comes to the forefront. These primal forms are mysteriously familiar and suggestive of the human body. In my current work, the forms are dissolving, becoming just marks and lines. In my most recent series, Line Studies, I use ink, string, and paper to explore mark making, density and physicality of line, as well as exploring the interplay between figure and ground. Increasingly the subject of this work is the actual marks and lines I am making.

Lynne Tobin