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Item Name: Drawing
Title: Untitled (From the Orchid series)
Maker: John Noestheden
Year: 1995
Country: Canadian
Materials: graphite on paper
Measurements: overall: 26.5 cm x 41 cm
ID Number: PC97.3

Extended Label Info: John Noestheden describes his work as “an attempt to comprehend the human experience: time, place, origin, and collective consciousness.” In this drawing, the white petals of an orchid flower interrupt an otherwise carefully ordered set of drawn parallel lines. The flower becomes the focal point of the page, a space for our eyes to rest and contemplate the delicate blossom. The lines on the page visually relate to another series that Noestheden developed as a meditative practice. Known as the “breath drawings”, these works are pages of parallel pencil lines in which each line is as long as the time it takes the artist to breathe in and out. Noestheden strives to draw his lines precisely, but inevitable subtle variations occur that reflect the texture of his paper, the weight of his pencil, and the limitations of the human hand. He describes these works as contemplative maps of personal time and space. The beauty of the flower occurs in the middle of his lines, like an insistent thought interrupting peaceful meditation. John Noestheden (1945 - ) was born in Amsterdam, and moved to Canada in 1952. He received a BFA in 1973 from the University of Windsor and an MFA in 1975 from Tulane University, New Orleans. Noestheden moved to Regina in 1990 to teach sculpture and drawing at the University of Regina. In 2010, he moved to Hamilton, Ontario where he maintains a rigorous art practice. His work is exhibited internationally and is represented in Canadian and American art museums as well as public and private collections.