Susana Mulas Lastra

During 24 days, every day I found myself looking at a white paper, an empty paper. Sigh ... Tension, start, let go and let it happen. Lines, colors, shapes that sometimes made the paper go full in surprising and unexpected ways. But also no longer knowing how and what, yes, that happened some days too. Strange enough, I often felt that the drawings themselves were going to determine what they wanted or what they needed. The third day I decided that this project was not about performance, but about enjoying every day working and enjoying the nice surprise that I would get every day. That made me happy, every day, 24 days long. Making a daily drawing meant that I had to build up my time every day around the drawing. Also that I had to let go my usual way of working, with great precision and detail. The result: more and more I felt free during my work and started to listen to the drawing better and better. During 24 days many images have been whirled around my head, day and night. Often I woke up at night with a clear picture of what my next drawing will be. These images have become real drawings a few times. Did I use them unconsciously, or did they use me to get on the paper and be freed? The Art for Advent project brought me to a deep daily contact with my work. No excuse, no distraction: the paper, the chalk, the pencil and me. A beautiful Christmas present!

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