To make the work for Dizygotic Dan Maxwell and Dan Newman worked collaboratively by exchanging specific pieces with one another. Maxwell made drawings based on sculptures produced by Newman, and in turn, Newman created sculptures based on drawings produced by Maxwell. The interest in making this work was sparked by realizing similar formal sensibilities and overlapping conceptual frameworks. Maxwell produces his work compulsively in pursuit of a rhythmic-making process or sequence. He focuses his drawings with limited and repeatable mark-making techniques led cathartically by processing grief. In Maxwell’s work, Newman saw this grieving process’s potential as having an ephemeral luminosity to explore in his own work using Maxwell’s drawings as a starting point or structure to explore his own experiences of loss and grief. Alluding to nature and the human body, growth like nodules, visceral vine-like passages, hair, and various textures of pitting and fluidity are elements at play in the works in Dizygotic and connote ephemerality. The works appear to be in a simultaneous state of growth and decay, polarizing elements inherent in grief.

With Daniel Newman. University of Arizona Graduate and Alumni Gallery. Tucson, AZ, USA.

Set of Six, 2021, ballpoint pen on paper, 24″ x 18″