A Walk in the Woods

Armin Mersmann's avatar Armin Mersmann

A walk in the woods: winter—the land is silent, stripped down and pure. I am awed by the sheer impact of unsentimental patterns bent and broken, intrigued by the complex quality of fallen trees. Their manic lines and texture speak to a powerful natural abstraction. The very act of drawing every branch, twig, highlight, and shadow, rendering textures from the extreme winter skins to the silkiness of new-fallen snow, transforms the scene into an intimate journey. This undertaking is considerably different than merely taking a photo or simply being there. The drawing process immersed me for hundreds of hours, interpreting and translating what I saw and felt from hundreds of reference photos, collected branches, twigs, and revisits to the site. Each drawing is a journey of discovery and understanding. Simultaneously, it is a conscious construction of the most complex compositions and details: a simple “Walk in the Woods” and its artistic aftermath. This is a “quadtych” four separate drawings in pencil that hang in one grouping. The large drawing on the left tilted, “Fractured Patterns” and the three smaller drawing on the right titled, “Winter Skins, I, II & III” make up the work: A Walk in the Woods.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Pencil Drawing
  • Width: 80 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 60 inches