'SIRENS'explores the strategy of using inspiration from literature, and Homers 'The Odyssey' in particular. It introduces us to the Sirens who were part female and part bird. They had exquisite voices which they used to lure the sailors to their death.The typographic names have been used as a catalyst for calligraphic opportunity to explore form and colour within the paintings, which have been deconstructed by the mark. It has also been an continuation of an exploration of lyrical abstraction, this time located in the Mediterranean.
PRECIPICE records the accidental tear or fissure which has become part of the drawing within the on going process of making Panorama.
THE MECHANICS OF DRAWING
This is an ongoing body of work preoccupied with drawing on both a large and small scale. It has spanned a number of years in its execution which applies paricularly to the larger drawings, although those of a smaller scale of a quick and direct responseieve been intermittently explored over this time, both approaches have been at the heart of the work and at times the only endeavour.
There are five sections to the project, 'Panorama of Love and Grief' which is an all-round view, one that is not obstructed and one which extends in a horizontal direction, evocative of an inner landscape.
'Reverie' is a new series of directional drawings begun in 2016 using a limited colour palette that have been inspired by the experimental PAUSE drawings. Working within a square format in pencil and pastel they explore moments of subconscious thought in the intricate weave of the mark.
'PRECIPICE' 2010 is a photograph of an accidental tear or fissure ripped into the drawing in the process of the making of Panorama.
'Of Love and Grief - A Triptych' 2017 explores the singular vertical pull of the drawing and its scale to reflect the human form, inviting the viewer to experience the work in close up. As a work of three parts it traces the experience of bereavement and its complex components of love and grief, through a meditative woven rendition and reading of the work.
'PAUSE' are experimental graphite snapshots made 'in between' the main projects, but using the same calligraphic repetition.They are contemplative works exploring short moments of preoccupation with detail within the generic. They address the possibilities for a drawn notation of a journey in real time; tracing its passing on paper. They seek to pull the viewer in to its moment in time through its detail and monochrome tonality. They are moments of reverie in themselves and offered a relief from the demands of the larger works.
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