Pencil Suit

By Joyce Kubat
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mixed media - 2016 - 22cm x 14cm

ink an pencil on paper
These small, intimate PINK INKS are joyful, poignant moments, often funny, often off-putting. Ongoing since 2003, they just happen, with subtle changes over time. The work continues to the present: never planned, allowed to happen, always a surprise.

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Catherine Haley Epstein
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Joyce thank you for sharing these works with the P+L community! Quite brave works. I noticed some of the titles of the works allude to the clothing items, turning the body into an object of sorts, and the head and faces are removed where the clothes items are describing the works. I wondered if that was intentional? I like the contrasts of marks in this "Pencil Suit" piece. If clothing and it's evolution are at all an interest in your work, I highly recommend "Seeing Through Clothes" by Ann Hollander - it's an anthropological review of the history of clothes. Promise it's a smart but light read, and you might find curious some of the deeper details of how we humans have "covered" ourselves over the years. Thanks again for sharing!

Joyce Kubat
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Thank you for your comments, Catherine. My titles are simply used to identify the piece, to tell one from another. When I do nudes, some silly part in me wants to put clothes on them, often see-through, suggestive. It makes me laugh. Often the nude pieces are somewhat boring until I tweak them. And no, it isn't intentional to remove the heads. It's just my instinctual way, to avoid being academic when facing the model, I leave off the heads. And unusual things happen along the way. All these are from my PINK INKS series which started in 2003. It began when I drew a clothesline across the paper and hung body parts from it, and it has evolved since then. I with pleasure will order the book you recommend.

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Art that goes beyond the obvious, that goes beyond copying, that goes to the gut, that says something, excites me.

The figure has always been my focus, and over the years it's become a psychological focus, a not-always-easy-to-view focus.

I feel an artist finds out what they have to say by doing.  It is discovered during the working process, being open to glimpses, fearlessly accepting whatever happens no matter what, to reach a vulnerable personal voice.

Get angry with yourself, don't be afraid to be desperate.  Go to a deeper level within where your truth resides, where things feel right. Use materials that feel natural, that allow you to play.

Art with only surface excitement seems empty.  For me it has to have a serious and profound underpinning, always poignant, often humorous, relating in some way to the universal humanity common to all of us.

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T H O U G H T S

Art that goes beyond the obvious, that goes beyond copying, that goes to the gut, that says something, excites me.

The figure has always been my focus, and over the years it's become a psychological focus, a not-always-easy-to-view focus.

I feel an artist finds out what they have to say by doing.  It is discovered during the working process, being open to glimpses, fearlessly accepting whatever happens no matter what, to reach a vulnerable personal voice.

Get angry with yourself, don't be afraid to be desperate.  Go to a deeper level within where your truth resides, where things feel right. Use materials that feel natural, that allow you to play.

Art with only surface excitement seems empty.  For me it has to have a serious and profound underpinning, always poignant, often humorous, relating in some way to the universal humanity common to all of us.

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