In my drawing class, we had to pick an item from life, draw it and describe it, and write what it represents, what emotions and memories it brings.
We then have to revisit the item and redraw it from a different perspective a couple of days later. I haven’t reached that point yet.
My object is an old ballet shoe (it might look like a warped canoe).
It’s primarily a charcoal drawing with some graphite on the inside.
Here are my thoughts about the object: As an object, it’s dark on the outside, graying on the inside. It’s flimsy. It has wrinkles. It has holes. It’s a bit worn, but still capable of being used. It’s lightweight and somewhat flexible and best used on a somewhat slick floor.
When it is worn, it can bring joy to its wearer and those in an audience. It helps an artist express himself. It can be a symbol of gracefulness, beauty and strength. It can literally and figuratively help some leap … a great distance or for joy. It can help the wearer turn in movement or in emotion. Like it’s appearance, it can have a dark side. It can be a symbol of judgment, bullying or ridicule from someone who doesn’t understand the art form. It can make the wearer hide or hold back the artist within for fear of being labeled something they are not.