Drawing on Life

Richard L. Harrison

1992, 29:00 minutes, colour, English


Drawing on Life is a documentary profile of American artist, David Fincham, who is living with AIDS. While completing a series of large, colored-pencil still lifes in his light-filled studio, Fincham reflects on his illness' impact on his life and artwork. Fincham's buoyant sense of humor is ever-present as he candidly discusses Catholicism, homosexuality, mortality, art and the politics of AIDS in America. Wary of denying the present state of his own health, Fincham begins to incorporate disturbing elements into the floral still lifes. The cut flowers themselves become a metaphor, and the drawings finally are about both health and sickness, "recognizing that both exist and choosing joy."

It was produced for City TV of Santa Monica and won a National Programming Award in Visual Arts from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.

Un portrait de l'artiste américain David Fincham atteint du sida. Alors qu'il exécute une série de natures mortes dans son grand studio lumineux, Fincham commente l'impact de sa maladie sur sa vie et son travail artistique. Avec humour, Fincham discute du catholicisme, de l'homosexualité, de la mort, de l'art et de la politique sur le sida en Amérique.

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