Fred Lynch (Associate Professor, Illustration) wrote about his work for the The Common, the award-winning literary magazine which examines “A Modern Sense of Place.” The publication is sponsored by Amherst College.
For the feature, Lynch described his ongoing series of drawings from Central Italy that explores discovery and the experience of place through site-specific inquiry. He writes, “Drawing on site is an experience as well as an art. It’s extra-sensory. As I sit and draw for hours on the streets, I soak up every inch of the scene, along with its sounds, smells and local characters. My goal is to translate that rich experience through my drawings—impressions as well as appearances. Earlier in my career, I created places; now I bear witness to them. My work turned from inward-looking to outward-looking. Drawings had always been a mirror to my brain. Now they are a window to a faraway place.”