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Each drawing is constructed from words repeated multiple times. They shape the forms that intertwine across the paper. These words may be mine or, if a piece is commissioned, yours, reminders of a special memory or event or a personal message to a loved one. The text used gives each piece its title.

This work explores intense personal experiences and emotional events that happened to me when a long term relationship broke down. They are built up in separate layers of intense colour, pattern and form. Each piece offers obscured revelations. Phrases repeat like a mantra but are voiced so many times they eventually become meaningless and lose their power. They writhe across the page trapped in organic forms that are in never-ending motion, built up like layers of sediment. Bursts of colour are anchored in darkness. The results may be fixed – trapped on the page – but they also have an impermanence that means they will fade with time.

A2 and A4 original drawings on cotton rag paper using a combination of Staedtler Permanent Lumocolor, Sharpie Permanent Markers and Pen-touch silver / argent plata.

Selected drawings from this series can be bought from Artfinder. Contact me to commission a piece using words and colours you choose.

     

Work installed in JELLY, the Pie Factory, Margate. November 2017 alongside collaborative work with Karen Crosby, Elizabeth Burman and Ruth Payne