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Cally Trench: Face Drawings

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Cally Trench's Face Drawings are a collection started in 2012 of lifesize pen-and-ink drawings of the faces of her friends and family. These are people that Cally likes or loves; they are not celebrities. The people lie on their backs, and their disembodied heads stare coolly at the viewer as if from their bed of sickness or death; gravity pulls back their flesh, and they look as if they are flying off the paper into the wind.

Thirty-two Face drawings were shown in Faces by Cally Trench at the Buckinghamshire County Museum, 15th July to 9th September 2017.

Cally Trench, Face: Gloria S

Cally Trench, Gloria S, 2013-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Nick T

Cally Trench, Nick T, 2013-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm

Cally Trench spends days over each drawing, and often returns to them weeks or months later, until she feels that the person is looking back at her. The experience of spending so much time with each face is that she ends up feeling very affectionate towards each person - an experience which is, of course, not reciprocal.

Cally Trench, Face: Alex D

Cally Trench, Alex D, 2013-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Lydia J

Cally Trench, Lydia J, 2016-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Hong W

Cally Trench, Hong W, 2017
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Lucy A

Cally Trench, Lucy A, 2017
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm

The drawings look quite different depending on how far you view them from. At a distance, the faces seem to observe you and wait for an approach, so that the experience is like meeting a person. Close to, the individual ink marks, dots, lines and squiggles become obvious.

Cally Trench, Face: Sophie L

Cally Trench, Sophie L, 2017
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: John McD

Cally Trench, John McD, 2016-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Alison H

Cally Trench, Alison H, 2013-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Philip L

Cally Trench, Philip L, 2012-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm

These drawings are effectively maps of people's faces. They are based on photographs that Cally Trench took of each person while they were lying on their back and gazing directly at the camera with a dreamy relaxed look.

Cally Trench, Face: Avtar B

Cally Trench, Avtar B, 2016-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Rob H

Cally Trench, Rob H, 2013-2017
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Andy O

Cally Trench, Andy O, 2017
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Denis McC

Cally Trench, Denis McC, 2013-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Rekha S

Cally Trench, Rekha S, 2016-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Josh H

Cally Trench, Josh H, 2013-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm

Cally uses 0.1mm Rotring Tikky Graphic drawing pens containing black pigmented ink to make an equivalent of each photograph, by translating colour, form and shadow into a system of cross-hatching, dots, lines, and squiggles in ink. This she perceives as similar to the task of an engraver in the 18th and 19th centuries, who had to make the same sort of decisions when producing engravings based on oil paintings.

Cally Trench, Face: John E

Cally Trench, John E, 2017
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Mary Y

Cally Trench, Mary Y, 2016-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Theodore H

Cally Trench, Theodore H, 2012-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Ann R

Cally Trench, Ann R, 2013-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Lesley C

Cally Trench, Lesley C, 2013-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Paz P

Cally Trench, Paz P, 2016-17
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm

Two of the drawings, Hepzibah H and Cally T, were shown in Surfaces: Works on Paper, Sput+Nik Gallery, Porto, Portugal in 2012 (an AMBruno event, curated by Steve Perfect and John McDowall).

Cally Trench, Face: Hepzibah H

Cally Trench, Hepzibah H, 2012
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Cally Trench, Face: Cally T

Cally Trench, Cally T, 2012
Ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 53 cm
Faces by Cally Trench at Buckinghamshire County Museum

Faces by Cally Trench
at Buckinghamshire County Museum
15th July to 9th September 2017
Faces by Cally Trench at Buckinghamshire County Museum

Faces by Cally Trench at Buckinghamshire County Museum

Faces by Cally Trench at Buckinghamshire County Museum

Faces by Cally Trench at Buckinghamshire County Museum

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