This graphic contour art depicts a skeletonized structure of a leaf. The shape contains very little opaque fill and maintains its clear form primarily through multiple overlapping outlines. Each line used to form the exterior edge of the leaf ranges in form, line weight, length, and color - creating a dynamic exterior that guides the viewer’s eye to circle the leaf structure indefinitely. The leaf’s veins outline the skeletal structure that supports the blade. The climbing network of veins is divided into complex organic shapes, each differing in color and form. These shapes act as a wayfinder into the intensely detailed, lacy pattern of the leaf’s inner veins and minute color transitions. The leaf’s inner networks maintain a light airy quality despite being the most densely packed sections - accomplished in the contrast with the contours line weight and color. Randomly interspersed sections of the patchwork are filled with a solid green-tinted tan, offering minimal contrast with the work’s solid ivory backdrop. The minute organic paper texture within the leaf’s borders is barely perceivable and intended to be just present enough to subconsciously assist the viewer with the distinction between leaf and background.
The leaf is a member of the ongoing “Fall Leaf Collection” but will not be printed life-size on an unfinished wooden block with the others. Instead, the intricate manually traced details will ideally be printed on thin, semi-transparent fabric and suspended in the gallery space. The ideal size would be approximately 5 feet tall, allowing the viewer the ability to vaguely see other viewers in the gallery through the fabric.
digital illustration on sheer fabric | 55" x 94"