Life 101: Johanna Sketch
Many years ago Andrew Myers' ex-wife asked him for a divorce and handed him a 10-page scathing letter on notebook paper. It was a list of Andrew’s shortcomings. Andrew wanted to absorb the content, but simply couldn't stop fixating on the spelling and grammatical errors. He wanted to correct it with a red pen and send it back to her with a bad grade. Then he realized grading a person on their life was an amazing and unusual idea...and the Life 101 series was born.
The sketch is the first part in the development of the Life 101 series. This is the first meeting of the artist and subject in the artist studio. We had not planned on releasing limited editions of the working drawings (sketches), but, the overwhelmingly positive responses to the smaller studies changed our minds. All the original drawings have sold out.
Andrew Myers then has a counseling / interview / interrogation session with the subject to get a personal assessment of what they believe to be their strengths and shortcomings. In the sketches, we get to see Andrew's thought process. His notes cover everything from the placement of subjects on the page to rough ideas on what critiques should be made. The comments and summary that follow are from the perspective of a teacher that is grading a test. The test is life.
The entirety of life is a process of learning. Without an unquenchable desire to grow our understanding of ourselves, we stagnate. We become comfortable with what we think we know. This kind of thinking is dangerous—which is what makes this series so powerful. These are specific portraits of subjects, but they tackle very universal problems about life. In your home (you interact with them, as do your guests), they are a reminder to learn more and perform better every single day.