SUSAN JACOBS: THE APPROACH
Snake drawing allows for considerations of fear to be given material form.
Snake drawing seeks to explore expanded forms of drawing, investigating the potential between certain levels of control and unpredictability. In holding a living snake and placing it onto a bed of sand, there is an expectation that the movement of the snake’s body will mark the surface of the sand. Mark-making is likely to depend on numerous factors, including temperature, animal temperament, texture, human and animal interaction, fear and patience.
The provision for this type of working process acknowledges the potential for failure and the implicit need for acceptance of potentially less than ideal outcomes. It embodies a type of heuristic learning and focuses on consciousness, aiming to instill a consideration of psychological and physical limitations. Snake drawing allows for considerations of fear to be given material form. It explores relationships between human instinct, motivation, and fear of forces that are beyond our control or things that are foreign to our understanding.