As I’m writing a paper on the relationship between drawing and performance— I’m inspired to share this with you all today: Heather Hansen’s charcoal drawing series titled “Emptied Gestures.” Here Hansen employs the dual conditions of the word drawing as a noun, and as a verb. Hansen described the series as “an experiment in kinetic drawing,” and explains,”I am searching for ways to download my movement directly onto paper, emptying gestures from one form to another and creating something new in the process.”

Who knew that breathing could be so
attractive. I can watch you do it for hours,
watch the way your chest rises
and falls on its own accord,
for no apparent reason. I want to
match my heart beat to yours.
I try to slow it, but it keeps
racing like a horse to the finish line.
I never appreciated your eyelashes,
your lips, your fingertips until
I had the opportunity to lay next to them
and sleep. Your arms are shaped for
me. Don’t let anyone else use them.
Your smile was built for me, please
don’t show it when I’m not around.
I want you too much.
Michelle K. (via michellekpoems)