As a collective, re:mark (Janette Chien and Wayne Kleppe) have been creating Drawing Actions since May 2012. Inspired by Dennis Oppenheim’s “Two Stage Transfer Drawing,” our collaboration explores “drawing” through action based art and installation.
A series of actions are constructed through various constraints, utilizing two artists and an environment. These actions question the definition of drawing, changing drawing from an autonomous act to a collaborative relationship-based act. There is often no finished product or drawing, only documentation of the action.
Janette is a New Orleans born artist who was raised in Hong Kong. She graduated from Tufts University (’12) with a BFA in Studio Art and BA in English. She currently lives in Philadelphia where she creates literacy initiatives for after school programs. Janette’s independent artistic practice explores the deconstruction of personal identities through portraiture.
Wayne graduated from Tufts University (’10) with a BFA in Studio Art; he also holds a Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (’10) and a MFA in Printmaking from Temple University (’14). Currently Wayne works as a carpenter in Philadelphia. Wayne’s independent practice engages with language as a means to re-contextualize history through appropriation.