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A dreamlike drawing produced in a dreamlike manner. by mirena

Dreams, 31 x 32 inches, dip pen and ink on hot pressed board

The purpose of this drawing was to implement a new language and the way it worked was that it developed into a language as it went. Never knew what a particular detail would look like until the very moment it was done. It was like a play with no script where I was the only audience.

Tiny changes happened along the way, and the world of the drawing changed incrementally.

By the time the drawing was fished - it had evolved into a dream tapestry that would draw you in just like a rabbit hole.

More on the happening of works here: http://mirenarhee.com/mirena-rhee-video.html

Winter diaries - new animated drawings, music by marcus fischer / mapmap.ch by mirena

I have kept a diary since I was 13 years old. In these I write and draw sketches of personal and found work. In a way, they are diagrams of a past and a future, usually written in both English and Bulgarian, sometimes a sentence starts in English and ends in Bulgarian, sometimes I write English words in Cyrillic; sometimes I write Bulgarian words using the English alphabet. There are a lot of made up words and lots of drawings.
My last notebook is red.
These series of animations are the red notebook equivalent. In them I use my latest drawings and paintings, they carry the mood and the sense of place and space I currently occupy - Brooklyn, New York.
No digital manipulations for the drawings have been used - they have gone in as they are - I scan them into the computer and animate them. The hands are pen and ink drawings on hot pressed board, a very smooth velvety surface produced by an American paper company. The red background is a Crimson Red Intaglio ink monotype on Fabriano papers ( an Italian paper praised since the Renaissance ).
For these compositions I was inspired by Marcus Fischer's amazing album mip~map/for friends this winter.. and my friends as well.
Painted and animated by Mirena Rhee
Music by marcus fischer / mapmap.ch

I have kept a diary since I was 13 years old. In these I write and draw sketches of personal and found work. In a way, they are diagrams of a past and a future, usually written in both English and Bulgarian, sometimes a sentence starts in English and ends in Bulgarian, sometimes I write English words in Cyrillic; sometimes I write Bulgarian words using the English alphabet. There are a lot of made up words and lots of drawings.

My latest notebook is red.

These series of animations are the red notebook equivalent. In them I use my latest drawings and paintings, they carry the mood and the sense of place and space I currently occupy - Brooklyn, New York.

No digital manipulations for the drawings have been used - they have gone in as they are - I scan them into the computer and animate them. The hands are pen and ink drawings on hot pressed board, a very smooth velvety surface produced by an American paper company. The red background is a Crimson Red Intaglio ink monotype on Fabriano papers ( an Italian paper praised since the Renaissance ).

To score these compositions I used Marcus Fischer's amazing album mip~map/for friends this winter..  Please, support his work: marcus fischer / mapmap.ch and visit his blog.

Winter Diagrams: December ( Brooklyn machine series )

Winter Diagrams: December ( Brooklyn machine series ) from mirena rhee on Vimeo.

Winter Diagrams: January ( Brooklyn machine series )

Winter Diagrams: January ( Brooklyn machine series ) from mirena rhee on Vimeo.

Winter Diagrams: February ( Brooklyn machine series )

Winter Diagrams: February ( Brooklyn machine series ) from mirena rhee on Vimeo.

The Indian Painter's palette and its most seductive colors by mirena

..I have seen to have survived many centuries and hold their power, on paper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art mounted a lavish Indian painting exhibit and I managed to catch the last day and take notes, photography was not allowed.

The ultimate geek list of pigments used in Indian Painting:

White pigments: 1. Lead White ( basic Lead carbonate ) 2. Zinc White ( zinc oxide ) 3. Chalk ( calcium carbonate )

Red/Orange: 4. Cinnabar ( Mercury sulfide ) 5. Vermillion ( Synthetic Mercuric Sulfide ) 6. Lac ( primary colorant Laccaic Acid ) 7. Red Lead ( Lead tetroxide/orange red ) 8. Realgar ( Arsenic disulfide/bright orange red mineral ) 9. Saffron ( Crocetin and Crocin )

Yellow: 10. Opriment ( Arsenic trisulfide/soft yellow ) 11. Indian Yellow ( Magnesium euxanthate/ originally from the urine of cows fed mango leaves ) 12. Gamboge ( yellowish orange )

Green: 13. Verdigris ( Basic Copper Acetate/dark bluish green pigment ) 14. Malachite ( Basic Copper Carbonate ) Mixtures to make green - Indigo and Indian yellow

Blue/Violet: 15. Ultramarine ( Natural Ultramarine is the ground, separated blue particles - lazurite - from the gemstone Lapis Lazuli ) 16. Azurite ( basic Copper Carbonate/frequently found adjacent to Malachite ) 17. Indigo ( Indigotin )

Earth Pigments: 18. Iron Oxides

Black/Gold/Silver/Tin: 19. Carbon 20. Gold Ink ( Gold particles with gum ), similar with Silver and Tin ink

21. Beetle wings ( to represent Emeralds )

Inks: 22. Carbon inks ( Lamb black ) 23. Metallo-gallic ink 24. Indian ink ( naturally ) 25. Willow Charcoal 26. Lamp Black ( soot from fat, oil, tar ) 27. Ivory Black

Gums: 28. Ghatti gum 29. Suresh 30. Gum arabic