Un Controlled is a series of artworks done with my non-dominant hand that formed a solo show at O Art in the fall of 2018.
In addition to creating all of the artworks (paintings, drawings, cyanotypes, and time lapse video), I designed a brand for the exhibit.
The look of the exhibition was simple and included typography and lines drawn with my non-dominant hand, then digitally manipulated.
I made all of these artworks with my non-dominant hand.
These artworks are the product of both conscious, focused processes, and random, uncontrollable ones. More than that, they tell a story.
In early 2018, my left arm started shaking. It had no apparent cause, and I couldn’t control it. Some treatments and practices helped, but “those jerks” became my constant companion. In exhaustion and weakness, I found two ways to get relief: sleeping, or doing something conscious with my left arm. This was a challenge, since I’m right-handed.
Through this project, I created art I never would have thought about without the unwanted companion I had in the jerks. After 4.5 months, the shaking got better when I was diagnosed with a tic disorder. However, it’s not completely gone, and the experience shaped me profoundly. I still create artwork with my non-dominant hand.
As part of Un Controlled, I also created a time lapse digital video using the Procreate app on iPad pro, as well as still digital drawings from that project. The final video records each stroke made with my Apple Pencil (taped to my hand as my arm shook). The clip below shows a piece of the final artwork.