Drawing the Bodily Form with Michelle Furlong

August 01, 2012

Michelle Furlong's artworks revolve around the human form, using the mediums of drawing, painting, and sculpture to investigate the limits space in and around the body. Furlong's drawings wrap and fragment arms, heads, feet, shoulders, and everything else in contorted and high-tension positions that flatten some limbs while others emerge fully rendered in graphite. Through these works, Furlong exposes the spaces the body occupies as well as the space surrounding it, evoking both physical and social constraints on this common subject in representational art. Her use of color is what truly drew us into these works with very pleasant hues that vibrate between subdued cool and warm flat color fields. Here are some of Furlong's drawings from this past year.