This drawing/sculpture isn’t new (it’s from 1997), but it’s fantastic and is a great set up for the other paper-based items I'm excited to share with you this week. Tim Hawkinson drew this 96” x 144” drawing on paper by mounting it on rolls and drawing as he scrolled it vertically so only a three-foot window of paper was visible at any time.
His use of paper is sculptural, both in the process of making it and in the installation, as is the tip of the index finger containing the markers he used to make the drawing.
In Hawkinson's own words: "The imagery can be read as representative of the rise and fall of history's world powers, or as empires swallowing up diminishing ones and in turn taking their places. This drawing is akin to a timeline with no beginning and no end. It can also be read as a mapping of the internal structures of the human body (to include intestines, organs, and such). I originally saw this drawing as a scroll which could be read by following the images with one's index finger."