Synchronicity: Collette Broeders > Friday 15 July 2016

Synchronicity
Collette Broeders
Plate Glass Gallery at NAC
Opening Reception Friday 15 July 2016 7PM

My artistic practice is motivated by repetitive activity, marking patterns that map a sense of time and space.   Through performance drawing, I communicate how the body traces and experiences space and duration leaving an imprint of past and of present and of what remains.  Like a clock of navigational lines, the Synchronicity series act as a measurement of these intervals, both physical and intangible.

The series of Synchronicity drawings investigate symmetrical, repetitive motion using my body as an instrument to form a rhythmic pattern of line.   Inspired by the duality of yin and yang of the I Ching, I execute the drawing with a balance of synchronous motion of opposing line.  The drawing is performed in a hypnotic tempo and meditative state that manifests itself into physical form to unite the viewer with the intimacy of the experience.  Examining the limitations of the body through continuous motion, the drawings are performed over several hours until a state of exhaustion is reached.

Beginning with intense spontaneous gestures within a small space that replicate, synchronize and divide, the drawing gradually swells and bursts to the outwardly extended body.  Like a cell dividing, the internal energy of the process is bilaterally and equally distributed as the image grows.  Ultimately, the drawing becomes a study of contrast showing the peaceful-chaotic, soothing-painful and joyful-desperate moments of the performance.

The Synchronicity drawings address ideas of repetition, ritual and unity through a performance of mark making and meditation.  As the drawings progress, rhythmic patterns of line emerge and process into organic shapes.  The resulting drawings become a trace of gestures leaving an imprint of the shifting context of the meditative process that produced them.