Who: Paula Crown
What: Helicopter Drawings are drawings made by Paula Crown in an attempt to capture visually the visceral feeling of flying in a helicopter. While in the air over the mountains in South Africa, Crown sketched moving through time and space.
Where and When: South Africa (2014) and Hawaii (2015)
In making the series Helicopter Drawings (2010), I sought to capture visually the visceral feeling of flying in a helicopter. In the air over the mountains in South Africa, I sketched while moving through time and space. The constant movement of the craft, turning, climbing, descending rapidly, hovering, coupled with the wind, affected the mark. The record of the pressure of my hand on the pen and paper is the index of my experience. Scans of the drawings registered the relative amounts of ink absorbed by the paper; thus the peaks and valleys are the landscape of my body in flight. The resulting digital images continue to be a generative source of my work, influencing the PERforation series, Fractal drawings and paintings, BEARINGS DOWN and The Landscapes Within the Landscapes.
“These days, Crown calls it ‘tricky’ to stick her with a label. Tricky, she says, ‘because it’s confusing to people. I tell people it’s really about the drawing, the mark, the mark-making … Everyone can make a mark.’”
—Michael Granberry, The Dallas Morning News, April 8, 2016