Drawing Projects

The full 5 years of Dress Code will be on show at the Post Office Gallery in Ballarate from Wednesday 23rd May to June 30. I will be giving a floor talk on Saturday june 9 at 2.30 PM.

This blog documents my on-going, drawing projects about clothes, skin and time.

A fascination with the ways that time relentlessly unravels experience has caused me, over the years, to create large narrative paintings, short animated films and numerous other things in an attempt to grasp that persistent and yet fleeting passage of the moments.

Now, rather than describe it, I am drawn to making art that is in time. In a more diaristic approach, I let drawing unfold with my life as it seeks to make sense of whatever that is. It has become very personal and embedded in my own curiosity, rather than a pursuit of something finished and therefore, public.

The projects on this blog involve a consistent pattern or a particular rhythm of drawing over a given amount of time. As they use and explore material, fabric, skin, place, they seek to come back to the wonderful physicality of being. I upload new images on ongoing projects about once a month. New projects for 2015 are underway.

For more about my creative practice you can visit http://maryannecoutts.com.au/ or email maryanne.coutts@gmail.com



Dress Code animation 2016 – 2017

BN Nov15 003
BN Oct15 027

I am currently working on Black News: each day there’s a 10 cm square gouache on black paper of someone’s clothes. I usually update once a month.


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2014: Each day for the year 2014, I made a small watercolour of the clothes of one person who was in a news story of the day.  https://mcdrawingprojects.wordpress.com/breaking-news-2014/

Dress Code is a series of daily drawings inspired by what I wear. This project has been going consistently since April 2013 and the drawings, paintings and collages are as varied as my days. You can scroll through them at https://mcdrawingprojects.wordpress.com/1585-2/

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A Short History of Tenderness is a series of drawings of the hands of the works of art that inspire me. https://mcdrawingprojects.wordpress.com/a-short-history-of-human-tenderness/






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