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 Paris Drawings & Notebooks, 1962-63

In the late summer of 1963, Roman took up residence at the  Centre Internationale Catholique, Cité Universitaire, Paris, where he maintained a modest studio in the church basement. Here he was introduced to an innovative spiritual community lead by Pére Rogues.  This environment complemented his interest in automatic drawing as a procedure for investigating states of consciousness and spiritual experience. He also followed courses at the Louvre, worked at printmaking with Stanley William Hayter  at Atelier 17, and made several pilgrimages to medieval monastic sites in central and southern France.

left: Sanctuary, Thoronet Abbey, 12th Century (Southern France). Travel to medieval monastic sites and opportunities to view illuminated manuscripts resonated with Roman's search for spiritual enrichment. (Photo from L'art Cistercian, Zodiaque, 1962) 

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Cover, private notebook of "experience" states.(81 kb)
Paris, 1962-63. 9.75" by 6.75".
Crayon, ink, cloth, paint. Notebook includes 

Paris Notebook, 1962 (187 kb)
Crayon and pencil Drawing ( 15” by 13”)

In his church basement studio, referred to as "the cave",  he executed numerous drawings and  paintings. Through expressive gestural drawing  he pursued visual manifestations of inner experience that transcended rational observation. For many of these "automatic"  works he maintained a private notebook of  "experience states"  related to their execution.  This notebook  allowed him to refer back to states of consciousness  related to specific drawings. Other  notebooks included drawings accompanied occasionally with "experience" texts. 

Cave Drawing, 1962 (186 kb)
Brush & ink on paper (23" by 29")
Cave Drawing, 1962 (82 kb)
Brush & ink on paper (23" by 29")
Cave Drawing 15, 1962 (143 kb)
Brush & ink on paper (23" by 29")

Paris exhibition statement, 1963

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