Location: Gazelli Art House, London, UK
Date: 03 March – 16 April 2017
Drawing has always been a central part of my practice, and this exhibition at Gazelli Art House in London was the first international presentation of my red brick and ‘scorched line’ drawings.
A series of monumental drawings on wood explored my enduring fascination with memory and its reinterpretation of landscapes, transforming them into third places, hybrids of recollection and fantasy. This process of iteration through memory touches on the ineffability of lived experience: reminding us at once of its instability and its genius for invention.
The ‘mindscapes’ evoked in the drawings are sourced from fragments of real places, snatched images of somewhere that is or has been. They invite their viewers to inhabit and absorb them into their mind’s eye, and in doing so to inform and transform them yet again.
The works exploit the experiential qualities of wood and the powdery luminescence of brick dust, taking a building material and grinding it into a pigment. I like the idea that a byproduct of brick, the basic unit of so much of our built environments, can become the base for a drawing: that this real-world material can be used to evoke other worlds which exist only in the mind.
A second series of drawings explores the impressions of landscapes burnt into the memory, echoing the retinal imprint that registers the instant you shut your eyelids, fixing this photographic residue into a scorched outline on paper. Unlike the works on wood, the ‘scorched line’ drawings are of entirely imagined places. Evocations rather than depictions, they are meditations on the cadences of landscape, and how their rhythms unfold in the mind.