Valerie Van Horne Artwww.ArtPal.com/valerievanhorne
INK365Draw began November 1st, 2020 and consists of 305 ink on paper drawings using words from a $3.95, 1982 Webster’s Paperback Dictionary as prompts. Drawings 1 through 212 are on 5 x 8.25 Moleskine Journal paper and drawings 213 through 305 are on 6 x 8 Strathmore Mixed Media paper. I started this project when the Inktober 2020 daily drawing challenge came to an end and I couldn’t find another challenge that interested me. I promised myself I would draw everyday for 365 days; however, I missed June and September. This project kept me sane and provided motivation to create during these “Days of Covid”. I will continue this project in the near future.
My inspiration for this project comes from the words in the old, yellowed, and unglued pages of my paperback dictionary and images I find that represent them. My work is unique and timely because of this. Most words are no longer popular, unused or unknown. I sometimes discover this when looking for images. Some words have been replaced by slang and/or dummied down so the word no longer holds the same prestige as it once did. This saddens me and brings a deeper connection to the word and the memories of what it used to be and when I rediscovered them.