Can drawing enable empathy? In an effort to explore this question, I embarked on a durational drawing during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. As a citizen of color from an immigrant family, I performed a 28-day drawing vigil for Muslims who were targeted with hate speech. Inspired by the patterns of middle-eastern prayer rugs, I traced my posture of prostration onto 60 feet of paper to explore the discipline of meditation through drawing. How can drawing be used as a tool of observation and compassion for the experiences of others? Does the duration of a drawing act change our body and it’s capabilities for transcendence?

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