Tornado Drawings

2014

(Indian ink on cotton paper)

These drawings track the movement and path of the man made tornado The Limitations of Logic and the Absence of Absolute Certainty. The drawings are influenced by hurricane tracking charts that use grids to map the path of these storms. Each drawing starts as a grid of ink drops on a piece of paper taped to the floor beneath the installation, the fans are turned on for a set period of time in order to trace the path of the tornado. The movement of the ink records the path of the tornado from the moment it enters the paper to the moment it leaves.

The drawings are made either in black indian ink, or with the colours of the Beaufort Wind Force Scale in indian ink. This scale is used to measure wind speed from 0 (blue, calm) to 12 (red, hurricane force), the grid is divided into a rainbow of stripes of each colour. Each time the artwork The Limitations of Logic and the Absence of Absolute Certainty is exhibited a short series of up to 5 drawings is made, often fewer. So far drawings are from exhibitions in London (UK), Manchester (UK), Raleigh (USA), Reims (France), Linz (Austria).

List of drawings shown above:
Tornado Drawing, South Bermondsey, UK (black and white, 1), 2011
Tornado Drawing, South Bermondsey, UK (black and white, 2), 2011
Tornado Drawing, South Bermondsey, UK (Beaufort wind scale, 1), 2011
Tornado Drawing, South Bermondsey, UK (Beaufort wind scale, 2), 2011
Tornado Drawing, CAM Raleigh, NC, USA (black and white, 1), 2013
Tornado Drawing, CAM Raleigh, NC, USA (black and white, 2), 2013
Tornado Drawing, CAM Raleigh, NC, USA (black and white, 3), 2013
Tornado Drawing, CAM Raleigh, NC, USA (black and white, 4), 2013
Tornado Drawing, CAM Raleigh, NC, USA (black and white, 5), 2013
Tornado Drawing, CAM Raleigh, NC, USA (black and white, AP), 2013
Tornado Drawing, CAM Raleigh, NC, USA (Beaufort wind scale, 1), 2013
Tornado Drawing, CAM Raleigh, NC, USA (Beaufort wind scale, 2), 2013
Tornado Drawing, CAM Raleigh, NC, USA (Beaufort wind scale, 3), 2013
Tornado Drawing, CAM Raleigh, NC, USA (Beaufort wind scale, 4), 2013
Tornado Drawing, CAM Raleigh, NC, USA (Beaufort wind scale, 5), 2013
Tornado Drawing, CAM Raleigh, NC, USA (Beaufort wind scale, AP), 2013