Kalliopi Monoyios - "Animist Dancer"

Any line can become a drawing if you manipulate it. And that is precisely what I’ve done with this playful piece, Animist Dancer. Made from discarded computer cords and rendered in the style of a continuous line drawing, she taps her feet and swings her skirt with joy.

Animist Dancer is part of a larger body of work in which I investigate our relationship with objects, particularly those symbolic of American Consumerism. I use materials like discarded cords — items that still technically work, but are thrown away long before they wear out or break because of advancing technology, or worse, planned obsolescence.

For most of human history, people have imbued objects with personalities and agency, a belief system known as animism. But this view is starkly missing from main-stream American culture today. I wonder if it would serve us to bring back some reverence for the objects that lubricate our modern lives. Would we be so quick to move on to the next, shiny thing if we believed they might punish us for treating them so callously and for being so wasteful with them?

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  2. Kevin Baer - "Drawing Ritual"
  3. Tree Bernstein - "Buckthorn Near & Far" and "Strawflower Stars"
  4. Tonia Bonnell - "In the Explosion – Rise"
  5. Mark Brasuell - "Tiefschlaf (Deep Sleep)"
  6. Mindy Bray - "Structure #2"
  7. Karen Breunig - "Red Dress #2"
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  10. Al Canner - "Mid-Century Modern Pictograph"
  11. Julie Chen - "Red Rocks"
  12. Diane Cionni - "Rhizome Atlas I"
  13. Sue Crosby Doyle - "Scroll"
  14. Benjy Davies - "Selections from the Daily Drawings Project"
  15. Mark Evans - "The Path to Weightless #3" and "The Path to Weightless #1"
  16. Anne Feller - "Grasping"
  17. Rebecca Gabriel - "Night"
  18. Judy Gardner - "I'm a Fan"
  19. Brittany Hass - "Spider Maple Leaf"
  20. Margaret Kasahara - "Notation 38-20" and "Notation 5-23"
  21. Dan Levinson - "Story of A Giant"
  22. Charles Livingston - "Body Motion Drawings"
  23. Kalliopi Monoyios - "Animist Dancer"
  24. Jonathan Nicklow - "Rearranging The Hungry Eye"
  25. Phillip Potter - "Transitory Formation of Mental Objects #3"
  26. Mike Richens - "Late Afternoon Thoughts On Degas"
  27. Pam Rogers - "Ten Mile Range"
  28. Gregory Santos - "Kimberly (light green)"
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