These works by Rachel Perry are as cheerful as a bunch of daffodils.

Adapted from Rachel’s own words: The Chiral drawings began as Rachel’s attempt to make a drawing using every single pen, pencil, crayon, colored pencil and marker she owned.  She decided to limit the expression to the simplest gesture: a line. Each subsequent line, made with a different implement used only once, follows the previous. As the drawing builds, the lines swiftly begin to tremble with a seismic quality, recording the history of the mark making, as well as the history of a household.

In the interest of making a “whole” drawing, and in thinking about the body, she decided to use both her left hand and her right hand. The word “chiral” refers to a non-superimposable mirror image. Our hands themselves are an example of chirality.

As she was making these she was also thinking about the notion of the copy, the reproduction of an image. Each set of drawings is an imperfect mirror image, and a suggestion of the impossibility of making the same thing twice. 

Gallery Representation: Yancey Richardson Gallery