Wendy Smith

My practice is rooted in drawing for three main reasons. First, economy of means: provided I have a pen or pencil, a straightedge and a surface of some sort I can work almost anywhere. Second, drawing allows me to be almost self-sufficient (even if it also entails that no part of the working process can be farmed out to anyone else). Third, and most important, the line which is fundamental to my drawing is itself an endless source of fascination and speculation. The drawn line is not merely a mark on a surface, it is the trace of an action: the line embodies physical movement. People are often surprised to learn that my drawings are made by hand and that the imagery is not computer-generated but for me the actual activity of drawing is vital, a way of thinking aloud.

The drawn line.