This artwork is presented unframed.
The graphite and mixed media drawings of Bettina Harvey’s Drift series pursue the parallels of aging within the natural and human worlds. For her subjects, she selects only branch attachments or tree collars, nodes of wood that express connection, attachment, and growth. The drawings in the Drift collection evoke the human anatomy—overlapping tissues that resist the process of decay. Many of the pieces in the Drift collection are drawn with graphite, while several use mixed media to set off dynamic and gestural images. The focus on the wood insists on direct acknowledgment of the ideas of aging and degeneration, processes our culture frequently avoids. In this way, Drift offers an homage to age; it marks a refusal to allow the elderly or the process of aging to drift away into obscurity.