Drawing It Out includes original drawings by Julia Alekseyeva, Alison Bechdel, Lucy Knisley, MariNaomi, Jennifer McClory, and Lauren Purje, and an animated film by MariNaomi. Several works in the exhibition reveal the artists’ processes as they transform ideas from sketchbook to inked drawing to printed page. A bookshelf in the gallery features comics and graphic memoirs by the exhibiting artists as well as others—including Julia Jacquette, whose drawings are displayed in the adjacent gallery. Visitors are invited to leave their comments or sketches in the book provided.
Graphic memoirists use comics or sequential art to tell personal stories in highly focused ways. Drawing It Out highlights the work of six artists— Julia Alekseyeva, Alison Bechdel, Lucy Knisley, Jennifer McClory, MariNaomi, and Lauren Purje—who use this genre to convey their unique voices and experiences. The exhibition features a selection of original drawings and a video animation by MariNaomi. Visitors may look through all of the books that correspond to the drawings on display. A bookshelf in the gallery includes all of the books highlighted in the exhibition, as well as additional examples by other graphic memoirists.