Vicken Parsons Untitled 2003
Vicken Parsons
Untitled
2003

This self-portrait by Vicken Parsons shows the face of a young woman, which has been sketched in a series of long sweeping lines, without any shading. The drawing cuts off just beneath her neck, and does not include her shoulders. Her hair hangs down in thick bangs on either side of her head, and her lips are closed in a slight smile. Perhaps the most striking element of the drawing is her eyes. One eye stares intently at us. It is the most detailed part of the drawing. By contrast, the other eye is left blank, as an empty oval shape. The artist has said that she was trying to draw in a single continuous line, without taking the pen off the paper. For example, one line begins as an eyebrow, loops round to create an eye then curves down to suggest part of the neck before rising again to form the cleft in her chin.