In making art an experience happens when a person grips a pencil
and moves it around in circles, straight lines or moves the pencil on the paper where some
figures or shapes are being created. This is as result of our ability to manipulate an object.
In the beginning, there might not be any structure or pattern however, in the process of movement,
the structure will appear. All of these patterns and structures will happen within the subject matter of
figure and background. In terms of art, figure is meaning and the surrounding blank paper is background.
We know that figure and background relationships are the fundamental factors for artistic
conception, and also apply in our daily lives within our contact environment.
It is also clear to me that the self without contact environment is non-existent or
is dysfunctional. In the matter of art, figure cannot exist without background.
Since it is always set by contrast, background could not have any meaning without figure.
It is important to remember that visual conception is
not about producing a viewpoint. On the other hand, visual understanding that
has its own meaning behind it. When we want to draw an object, we use our perception
and when we want to use our creativity, in which the subconscious will be involved,
we will transform perception into conception.
This is how every artwork is transparent in terms of process, image, thoughts and ideas.
I use pencils because I believe gives the person ability to
define the lines or any object or subject matter very clean.
Every tool that a person uses is very important for me.
For example; use of eraser, the way of erasing, use of sharpener,
holding the pen, use of space, use of colours, size of drawing, shades, feeling and
sensations at the time of drawing, missing part of picture, distortion of picture, repeated objects,
perspective of picture, edging, surrounding, type of figures, any bold line or secondary line,
thin line, colour less line and lots more I might become aware of it during the drawing.
I do not direct client at the time of drawing nor giving any idea at that time.
One drawing might take several sessions or might not end and then it is unfinished business.
Razi Ghaemmagham Farahani