Intensely drawn interwoven lines expand and contract to suggest the physical form of forces around them. Nets float over the flat surface of the paper sinking into vortices and bulging over invisible undulations. These are thinking drawings, almost meditative, allowing the back of my mind to untangle problems and make connections between ideas as my hands and eyes are occupied by the obsessive repetition of drawing patterns.
I draw free hand in archival pen and pencil around predetermined guidelines or over a loose base drawing in brushed ink or pastel. The subject matter is derived from a flotsam of everyday objects, disconnected patterns and the feeling of overwhelming urges. As a drawing grows I make decisions that allow the piece to develop in its own direction, responding to the changing composition to create areas of intensity and clarity. I deal with the ordinary and extraordinary, the surprising and the overwhelming, attempting to contain the irrepressible. The drawings and screen prints suggest amorphous swellings and clusters which threaten to pop or drop, they are familiar but not entirely discernable.
The drawings have the feeling of living textiles, which I attribute to a recently rediscovered family history in lace making and framework knitting. On a universal level the drawings aim to tap into a collective conscious, a hereditary memory long forgotten on the surface but lurking within us as physical beings. There is a balance and tension that suggests the sensation of existing, a pulse, a stretch, a quiver, the vital spark.