About the work
Line Work with Photo-Montage:
Each drawing is by hand and uses coloured pencil on paper. Each photo-montage uses these drawings and combines them in a layering process using photoshop.
Line and repetition are used as the most basic, modest and archaic means of mark making. There is no striving for progressive improvement or perfection within the work; each line is drawn without correction and blips and errors are accepted and nurtured. In the Photo-montage work this is offset by the copying process which is necessarily ‘perfect’.
The process follows simple rules that indicate a way to start, a way to continue and a way to finish. There is a meditative attitude, a relaxed control, where the act of mark making itself provides the stimulus to continue.
The spaces between the lines are as important as the lines themselves, acknowledging the blank background of the paper and allowing for new errors to appear and for older ones to blossom or dissolve. The work changes at distance, where the lines visually merge and are then perceived as a solid mass or background. This then gives prominence to blank areas of the paper that are conceptually constructed within each piece.
The work is unhurried, taking its own time. It is a call to quiet and reflection. The viewing experience evolves, rather than being instantaneous and only one or two muted colours are used per piece.
These drawings, while retaining the background of the paper, consider the forces of structure, composition and totality normally associated with painting.
In the Photo-montage work Photos are selected, copied, mirrored, rotated or merged. Using Photoshop they are then Layered with Line drawings.