Drawing Machine 2 uses magnetic properties to displace filings along a three-foot surface.
At the time I was making this drawing I was involved in a religion class, which discussed Hindu and Buddhism. So I like to think that this piece is about enlightenment or the realization that the self and the cosmos are the same. The drawing starts off divided in the middle, one half is empty and the other is covered evenly with iron filings. When the machine is running iron filings start migrating to the empty side by tumbling end over end. This tumble reminds me of the cycle of reincarnation. As the machine continues to draw filings begin to escape the magnetic field and are discarded on either side of the magnetic path. This escape is similar to the end goal of both the Hindu and Buddhist religions, which is liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth.