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The Elements, a Drawing Machine, and an Intervention


Author: Leah Cohen
University: Cornell University
Instructor(s): Luben Dimcheff, Dasha Khapalova, Warisara Sudswong
Title: The Elements, a Drawing Machine, and an Intervention

Derived from several ink and charcoal on paper studies, conceptual themes like layering, density, opacity, and linearity were used as operative words in the design of both the drawing machine and the intervention. Inspired by these studies of the interaction between natural elements and man-made constructions, the drawing machine was designed to abstract, exaggerate, and document the natural shapes, movements, and mechanics of the arm and wrist. The final landscape and intervention iteration similarly examined the relationship between intersecting organic and obstructive forms on a placeless site. All parts of this project were highly conceptual and should be seen as a series of progressive studies; none of which were finished or fully explored.  


The drawing machine was almost entirely carved from a single 2 in. x 4 in. x 12 ft. piece of dimensional lumber with the exception of metal joinery. The 2 ft. x 2 ft. x 6 in. landscape and accompanying intervention were made from laminated and shaped plywood and carved walnut inserts. 

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