Focusing on the durational element and physical processes of drawing, using traditional materials of graphite and paper, McCall draws large circles (the dimension of her arm) until she can physically no longer hold the graphite. The artist can continue drawing in a sustained and vigorous manner for around 3 hours.

McCall rst performed a Circle Drawing in Toronto in 2004, this has continued as an ongoing series. She explores the limits of the body, the e ects that these have on the markings, and what happens when you do something for as long as you possibly can.

Her aim is to maintain a constant movement and to draw a visible line that embodies e ort and pace, there will be unpredictable markings on the paper, perhaps a trace of blood from the hand, or maybe the paper will tear, it will all be recorded within the work. Eventually fatigue will become a factor for the artist, she will adjust her stance searching for a more bearable position, the later part of the performance testing the relationship between the mind and the body, when should be the moment to stop?

The hypnotic swooshing sound of the graphite on paper draws the artist into a rhythm and similar to a long distance runner, the body feels compelled to sustain the movement. There are moments where her entire body is used to create the work, her legs helping to force the movement, her sweaty head resting on the paper... McCall will know when the work is nished. 

Use link below to view video on YouTube showing Carali McCall creating a previous work:



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