These drawings are part of series of over 100 notebook drawings made during and in response to therapy sessions. Developed, in the artist’s words, “as a way to make sense of the world,” the works are Mc Hugh’s most autobiographical to date. Ranging from linear abstractions to meticulous but hallucinogenic articulations of form, the drawings are diaristic and exploratory in nature, but have been heavily layered and reworked over a period of years to create dense palimpsests of image, line and text. The series’ title, io, means light, life in the invented language aUI, believed by its creator WJ Weilgart to give his patients access to unconscious feeling.
|pigment ink on paper
Framed, 54.7 x 49.7 x 2.5 cm
Image size, 15 x 20 cm
|IMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021
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