The Tie that Binds

Beka Bielman

The Tie that Binds $700 Drawing Archival Pen & Marker on Watercolor Paper 15 x 23 framed saved to favorites save to favorites

Artist's Statement

Repetition of pattern gives me a sense of calm, each line drawn is meditative for me. When I first started drawing with patterns, the purpose was therapeutic, not artistic. It was, and still is, a way for me to channel my emotions onto paper. Like running through the field with wild abandon, my drawings start out free and spirited. The building block for each drawing is a single line. This line is random each time, depending on my mood. Gestural, the line moves up and down, left and right, curving and swooping, intersecting itself many times before catching up to its starting point. Each connection of that line creates a unique shape and those shapes are then filled in with pattern. Not unlike the initial gestural line, the patterns and movement of those patterns in the beginning are random. After the first few patterns are laid, I get a feeling for the overall nature of the drawing and then figure it out piece by piece like a puzzle. Drawing with pen forces me to be more creative and strategic in the drawing stage. Although the first line is drawn in pencil, the rest is pen which means that every mark that goes down stays. One line influences the one next to it, this creates a more organic feel to the work than I would have ever gotten if I had the ability to make corrections.