Drawing & Installation
Tutors: Gerry Davies & Sarah Casey
Outsiders looking onto my work have previously commented on my reoccurring interest in documenting the essence of humanity. I'm always drawn back to the physicality of who we are and enjoy investigating different materials and all the components that make us human. At university, I have previously explored the tones/ textures in skin, human touch/senses and, recently, our skeleton.
I sometimes consider myself as an archaeologist; excavating a portrait that represents humanity and encompasses what it means, both literally and metaphorically.
I began looking at traces; with my materials and their remains on my page as well as the physical traces we leave. I was trying find ways of marking the page without my hand actually touching the surface. With this concept in mind, I found ways of documenting human movement naturally, and not as a performance, which I'd then record.
This led to my interest in breath and its subtlety. Whether it is a cold day or you are in front of a steamy mirror, we can slightly catch our breath. I became increasingly interested in revealing our unseen traces and trying to emulate a human process on the page. I found that charcoal powder captured this best. I was intrigued by the spine, its sturdiness and intricacies. I feel that this is seen in the contrast between the fragility of the dust and tracing paper, and the hardness of the bone. The unseen beauty in the shapes represent, for me, the wonder that is humanity and it being what separates us from other species. Our bones last years after we do and are often the only remnants of human life. The trace back to an identity and purpose suggest a ghostly presence that speaks to everyone.