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  Short
 Reflection
 on
 “Self-­‐portrait
 with
 Unfinished
 Drawing”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 The
 artwork
 I
 chose
 was
 “Self-­‐portrait
 with
 Unfinished
 Drawing”
 by
 Charles
  Ritchie.
 The
 setting
 of
 the
 piece
 is
 artist’s
 suburban
 home,
 which
 artist
 has
  repeatedly
 explored
 for
 twenty-­‐five
 years.
 At
 first,
 the
 dimensions
 of
 this
 drawing
  are
 relatively
 small.
 Because
 of
 the
 size
 of
 the
 drawing,
 one
 has
 to
 come
 closer
 to
  observe
 the
 detail
 of
 it.
 Therefore,
 as
 explained
 in
 artist’
 statement,
 a
 very
 private
  experience
 is
 created
 when
 the
 viewer
 comes
 close
 and
 experiences
 the
 drawing
  alone.
 If
 one
 comes
 closer
 to
 the
 drawing,
 then
 he
 or
 she
 can
 notice
 the
 level
 of
  richness
 of
 detail
 presents
 in
 the
 drawing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Observed
 from
 this
 drawing,
 I
 noticed
 artist’s
 interest
 in
 establishing
 contrast
  between
 lightness
 and
 darkness.
 Particularly
 in
 this
 drawing,
 light
 space
 occupied
  foreground
 and
 dark
 space
 occupied
 background.
 It
 is
 an
 interesting
 fact
 that
 the
  foreground
 of
 this
 drawing
 is
 less
 rendered
 whereas
 the
 background
 was
 full
 of
  detail
 such
 as
 the
 gestures
 of
 trees,
 road
 conditions
 and
 the
 detail
 of
 the
 small
 bridge
  in
 yard.
 Despite
 the
 interior
 and
 exterior
 of
 the
 house
 are
 well
 defined
 by
 the
  contrast
 of
 lightness
 and
 darkness,
 one
 can
 still
 sense
 the
 connection
 between
  interior
 space
 and
 exterior
 space
 from
 the
 reflections
 on
 the
 window
 occurred
 by
  artificial
 light
 sources.
 For
 example,
 the
 reflection
 of
 the
 ceiling
 lamp
 on
 the
 window
  suggests
 the
 layout
 of
 the
 interior
 space.
 Also,
 The
 glass
 reflection
 of
 artist’s
 figure
 at
  the
 right
 Conner’s
 window
 suggests
 where
 artist
 was
 sitting
 when
 he
 drew
 this.
 

Therefore,
 I
 assume
 artist
 has
 a
 passion
 for
 the
 nighttime
 landscape
 as
 well
 as
 the
  interior
 reflections
 on
 glass
 window
 Furthermore;
 the
 combination
 of
 both
 text
 and
  image
 contributes
 to
 the
 overall
 composition
 of
 the
 drawing.
 Although
 text
 is
  neither
 intends
 to
 be
 the
 part
 of
 physical
 objects,
 nor
 to
 be
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