My practice appears to follow the fashion of a Japanese literary style that believes the truest representation of the searching mind is to ‘follow the brush’ or in my case ‘follow the pencil’.
My most recent work has been exploring the world of shadows. The abstract light and shade shapes created by the continuously moving sun to the static shadow created by a neon light that throws a still life in fragile relief against a wall.
You can’t beat those quiet moments when you retreat to some dappled shade on a hot day as everything holds its breath from the heat. The cool dappled shadows dance around as one contemplates the world, just as Junichiro Tanizaki describes, in his book ‘In Praise of Shadows’. He talks of gazing into an empty space where the light is drawn into dim shadows and although he knows it is mere shadow he is overcome by an atmosphere where utter silence reigns and in that darkness immutable tranquillity holds sway.
The shadow drawings evolve from a trace of a shadow or from reference material seen and recorded whereas the line drawings are an exercise in taking a line to unexpected places and not knowing what the result will be. The former process I know where I’m going the latter is an adventure in the unknown. I only see the drawing when it’s finished.
I’d like to think the shadow drawings reflect the still, quiet moment whereas the line drawings are in a state of becoming.