Head Drawings

1984-1989

Sky Head

1989

48.5 x 39 cm

Oil pastel on paper

Collection of the artist

Queen Bee

1985

15.5 x 19″
49 x 39 cm

Oil pastel on Whatman paper.

Private collection

Torn Head

1985

15.5 x 19″
49 x 39 cm

Soft pastel on Whatman paper.

Collection of the artist

Study for Head

1985

15.5 x 19″
49 x 39 cm

Oil pastel on Whatman paper.

Collection of the artist

Glass Head

1985

48.8 x 39.2 cm

Pastel on paper

Collection of the artist

Axe Head

1985

48.8 x 39.2 cm

Pastel on paper

Collection of the artist

Study for Her Head Is Her House

1984

15.5 x 19″
49 x 39 cm

Oil pastel on Whatman paper.

Prism Head

1985

Pastel on paper

48.5 x 39 cm

Collection of the artist

Two heads

1985

48.8 x 39.3 cm

Pastel on paper

Collection of the artist

Prism Head 

1984

48.8 x 39.2 cm

Pastel on paper

Collection of the artist

She

1985

48.5 x 39 cm

Oil pastel on Whatman paper

Collection of the artist

Spiky Head

1985

48.8 x 39.2 cm

Pastel on Paper

Collection of the artist

Torn Head

1985

61.4 x 51.2 cm

Soft pastel on Whatman paper

Collection of the artist

Lijn began a series of studies for heads quite consciously in order to develop and change the way she constructed the head areas of her sculptures.

Lijn wanted to try different forms and the drawings allowed her to experiment more quickly and spontaneously than she would when making sculpture. Torn Head was soft and hollow. She decided to try working with hot blown glass to make these new forms.

To change the head form Lijn made some heads using flat plywood rings, piano wire and beads. This allowed her to play with form more easily than solid glass prisms.

Until 1980, she had always used prisms, primarily tank prisms, as abstracted head forms. The multiple significance of the prism, a tool for vision, not simply in diverse directions but also through light refraction, for vision into matter as distant as far off stars, seemed to her an apt metaphor for the human mind.