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measuring As a means of drawing

Just outside the Grand Gallery within the RISD Museum hangs a wooden statue of Christ. When standing at the center of the Grand Gallery, the arm span of the Christ-form is the width of the arch at the entry way of the gallery. Using the arm span of Christ as a measuring tool, the perimeter of the Grand Gallery was mapped. Throughout the Grand Gallery itself hang numerous neoclassical portraits. To map the depth of the space, the site lines of the portraits were connected to where the subject of the portraits gaze fell.

What follows is the progression of these measuring and building elements over six weeks; developing iterations of the same criteria listed above, continually building to a more sophisticated and defined volume, as well as negative space. The study culminates in a departure from the reality of the Grand Gallery by means of extensive manipulation via the defined criteria: Christ's arm span, and the gaze of the portraits.