Damian Smith paints with his feet.
The project, which will yield six action drawings in different media - from liquid pencil on cotton paper to acrylic on canvas - is the brainchild of Muriel Maffre, herself a former principal with the Ballet and now executive director of the Museum of Performance + Design. The drawings will be exhibited in June at the Catharine Clark Gallery and auctioned to benefit MP+D on July 19.
Maffre "thought of those chicken scratches as something that is very familiar to everyone who dances," says Smith, 40, whose graphic arts experience is limited to this project. "Every stage, every studio, every space at a barre has these marks on the floor. We thought that seeing as it's my last season, it would be a great way to document the dancing that is still in the moment and in movement."