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Work of the Week | 21 November 2022

CAG.2185 Megan Eustace, Carbon Copy II, 2003, carbon and watercolour on paper, 56 x 76 cm. Purchased, 2005. © the artist.

This WORK OF THE WEEK marks the final 2 weeks of DRAWING ROOM!

Carbon Copy II (2003) by Megan Eustace is deceptively simple in its sparing use of line.

In approaching her subject, the artist was mindful of the reclining female nude in European art history and the discourse surrounding the ‘male gaze’.

‘As a woman drawing a woman,’ Eustace considers, ‘I wanted to respond to the genre not in hours of analysis but in a perceptual experiential way. I decided to use a really contemporary drawing process whereby you don’t look at your hand drawing – you only look at your subject and draw. The outcome is unpredictable and creates an inventive sensitive line, and a different drawing each time you do it.’

For this drawing, the artist used carbon copy paper ‘to transgress the form and function of the material and the predictable reading of the reclining female nude.’

Megan Eustace (b.1974) graduated in 1996 from Crawford College of Art & Design, where she now lectures in drawing and life drawing. She has previously reflected that ‘I draw to connect to the outside world and to dialogue with my inner one.’

For Your Diary: Join artist twins Megan Eustace and Cassandra Eustace this Saturday 26 November (10:30am – 1:30pm) as they bring THE DRAWING CLINIC to the gallery space. Operating on a first come, first served basis, this session provides the opportunity for you to have a free mini-consultation about your own drawing.

Carbon Copy II (2003) by Megan Eustace is featured in DRAWING ROOM until 4 December.

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