Mazes to the Motherlode (2012 - ongoing)

"My drawing portfolio Mazes to the Motherlode has over 50 pieces that I have created over the span of the past 4 years. With each new piece I'm always constantly trying to become more introspective and connected to my own individual journey. My method of working is generally always very premeditated and doesn't allow much room for chance. Generally composition and ideas for new pieces sometimes takes as much time as physically drawing and executing them. As my work expands my ambitions become larger and as a result I find myself working slightly outside of my own means. Every future piece comes with it's own unique set of challenges and constraints, as a result of always trying to better my own practice. If you try to speak of the Motherlode, you can’t say what it is, because it won’t fit into words or concepts. This is why we get so frustrated with enlightenment. We can’t put our finger on it! This is human life. Weeds will flourish, though we hate them and wish them gone; flowers will die, though we love them and long for them to remain. It’s imperative to recognize that our dissatisfaction originates within us. It arises out of our own blindness to what our situation actually is, out of our wanting reality to be something other than what it is. Our journey must be to awaken here and now, to awaken to here and now. To be fully alive, we must be fully present. Embedded within these illustrations lies a personal topographic blueprint for visions and physical creations of even smaller moons, larger galaxies, and self realized imaginary worlds. I become very meditative while making these pieces. My self-focused mantra is making the creative process completely effortless. I draw for 10 hours straight, creating freely without having any strange or unproductive thoughts. Discipline is the most important ingredient. I end up drawing on these schedules, working over 40 or 50 hours a week. Clearly, some days are easier than others, but I am always drawing and working myself into a solution, only to reverse it back into another hand rendered question. I don’t think I will ever find the motherlode because I believe it’s more than just one thing. It’s about here and now. About waking up to this moment, seeing this for what it is. This awakening is available to all of us, at every moment." - Brandon Locher

Mazes to the Motherlode XXIV, Ink and Graphite on Paper, 11" x 14", 2013

Mazes to the Motherlode LVII, Ink on Paper, 12" x 14", 2017

Mazes to the Motherlode XLVI, Graphite on Paper, 14" x 14", 2015

Mazes to the Motherlode XXX, Ink on Paper, 49" x 34", 2014

Mazes to the Motherlode XXV, Ink on Paper, 19" x 24", 2013

Mazes to the Motherlode LIV, Ink and Graphite on Paper, 9" x 9", 2013

Mazes to the Motherlode XXIII, Ink, Graphite, and Acrylic on Paper, 14" x 17", 2013

Mazes to the Motherlode XLVI-VI, Graphite on Paper, 12" x 12", 2016

Variations in Symmetry, Ink on Paper, 32" x 32", 2010

Mazes to the Motherlode XLIII, Ink on Paper, 14" x 17", 2015

Mazes to the Motherlode XXXVII, Ink on Paper, 14" x 17", 2014

Mazes to the Motherlode XIII, Ink on Paper, 19" x 24", 2013

Mazes to the Motherlode LVI, Ink and Graphite on Paper, 12" x 12", 2016

Mazes to the Motherlode XLVI-III, Graphite on Paper, 12" x 12", 2016

Mazes to the Motherlode XLV, Ink on Paper, 14" x 14", 2015

Mazes to the Motherlode XL, Ink on Paper, 20" x 20", 2015

Mazes to the Motherlode XII, Ink on Paper, 9" x 12", 2012

Mazes to the Motherlode XXXIII, Graphite and Ink on Paper, 12" x 12", 2014

Mazes to the Motherlode XXXVIII, Ink on Paper, 10" x 17", 2014

Mazes to the Motherlode LI, Ink and Graphite on Paper, 14" x 17", 2016

Mazes to the Motherlode XLVI-IV, Graphite on Paper, 12" x 12", 2016

Mazes to the Motherlode VI, Ink on Paper, 9" x 12", 2012

Mazes to the Motherlode VIII, Ink on Paper, 11" x 14", 2012

Mazes to the Motherlode XXXIV, Graphite and Acrylic on Paper, 12" x 12", 2014

Mazes to the Motherlode XLVI-V, Graphite on Paper, 12" x 12", 2016

Mazes to the Motherlode LII, Ink and Graphite on Paper, 14" x 17", 2016

Mazes to the Motherlode IV, Ink on Paper, 9" x 12", 2012
Mazes to the Motherlode V, Ink on Paper, 9" x 12", 2012

Mazes to the Motherlode III, Ink on Paper, 9" x 12", 2012

Mazes to the Motherlode XXXII, Graphite and Acrylic on Paper, 12" x 12", 2014

A Study in Minimalism, Ink on Paper, 19" x 24, 2014

Mazes to the Motherlode XLII, Ink on Paper, 12" x 14", 2015

Mazes to the Motherlode XIX, Ink on Paper, 14" x 14", 2015

Mazes to the Motherlode XLVI-II, Graphite on Paper, 12" x 12", 2016

Mazes to the Motherlode X, Ink on Paper, 11" x 14", 2012

Mazes to the Motherlode L, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, 19" x 24", 2016

Mazes to the Motherlode XXXI, Graphite and Acrylic on Paper, 12" x 12", 2014

Mazes to the Motherlode XVII, Ink on Paper, 9" x 9", 2013

Mazes to the Motherlode XLIX, Ink on Paper, 14" x 17", 2015

Mazes to the Motherlode LIII-II, Ink and Graphite on Paper, 10" x 17", 2017
Mazes to the Motherlode XXII, Ink on Paper, 17" x 14", 2013

Mazes to the Motherlode LVIII, Graphite on Paper, 10" x 17", 2017

Mazes to the Motherlode XXXV, Ink on Paper, 12" x 12", 2014

Mazes to the Motherlode XVIII, Ink on Paper, 12" x 12", 2014