Casey "After the Dance" by Annie Robinson

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Annie Robinson

Casey "After the Dance"

2018

152.4 × 106.68 cm | 60 × 42 in

Sanded charcoal on paper

  • Second Place ($1,000 Cash Award) / Drawing

This drawing is about both the plight of the female in history and the moments of reality when we are being truthful or genuine.  This is named "After the Dance" to represent a stolen moment of time in this imagined person's life.  After the eyes have turned away to other entertainement, the performer (here it is Casey, my daughter) has a moment to rub her feet and take off her smile.

I draw my daughters as "stand ins" for women through-out history, marking different growth periods of their life. They have also been stand-ins for myself and true portraits. I use clothing and props that lead the viewer without telling them what to see.  Usually, I prefer to give space for the viewer to use their own interrpretation. In this piece I have created a narrative thread, after the dance, to introduce the story.