Yes. They began as drawings. I was working through a lot, both formally and emotionally and I guess I needed to sort it out on paper.
I made a number of drawings to understand what kind of space would be created by the parts from the pieces, and how they would dispose themselves over the surface. It was too blind an idea to walk into with paint. I remember doing gesso and pencil sketches, but not too many, once I understood that this idea of fragments could happen.
Drawing was a way of finding or maybe initially facing an uncomfortable image.
… after I got over the strangeness of pulling the bone out of a figure, I found I could use it formally.
– Susan Rothenberg, Paintings and Drawings, Rizzoli 1992 interview Michael Auping