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Mia Rosenthal

Google Portrait of Philip Guston

2014

ink and pencil on paper

26 1/4 x 17 inches

Courtesy of Gallery Joe

People have been drawing for over 30,000 years. There is something fundamental about picking up a tool and using it to make marks, to share information or depict an experience. As an artist I see myself continuing this tradition. I use drawing as a way to carefully study the world around me – to understand, process and organize information.
Each drawing I make is built from an accumulation of marks, and the process of building, adding and layering them feels like an authentic way to make a drawing. It is like making a thing using atoms or cells or particles – small pieces gathered together to make a whole.

The ubiquitous presence of digital technology, particularly the Internet, and the resulting access to a deluge of information and imagery influences my work heavily. Life on Earth begins witha single-celled organism 3.8 billion years ago, and spirals through time, depicting early ocean life, plants, mammals, dinosaurs, primates, domestication of animals and genetically modified organisms. I used internet sources to conduct research and to find imagery to use as reference for sketches. In Google Portrait of Philip Guston, I used the results of an image search to create a kind of snapshot of the artist. The laptop drawings exist as portraits of their owners, and reflect the personal connection we have to our devices. I construct each drawing lovingly and carefully over time, and each one honors and celebrates its subject.

Mia Rosenthal