Roxy Paine

Study for "One Hundred Foot Line"

2008
Throughout his work, Roxy Paine has consistently studied nature and organic growth as a language. His Replicants were the first works to demonstrate improvisation in this regard. The Dendroids present a natural evolution of this guiding principle: "I was interested initially in the idea of a tree as a language... Each tree is a new story, a compelling entity, told with that language. The whole project is about permutations in that language. And of course, as I become familiar with the language, other things become interesting, like decay and death in more recent trees, and looking for new ways to use the language." Paine's studies provide a broader understanding of the underlying artistic process for this important sculptor who has earned widespread international acclaim over the past decade and, with "One Hundred Foot Line", a place within the National Gallery of Canada's collection.
Artist
Title
Study for "One Hundred Foot Line"
Date
2008
Medium
Drawing
Materials
brush and black ink on cream handmade paper
Dimensions
76.6 x 57.3 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Gift of the artist, New York, 2015
Accession number
46871