AND MAPPING - Drawings
am interest in drawing for its own sake, as an abstract visual
language. I enjoy the immediacy of the expression, its directness
and simplicity of means. The basic formal elements of surface
and mark can carry an essence or feeling. It is this essence
of creativity, of thought, of idea, of communication and not
representation that I most often aim to capture my images.
I would like my work to be felt more than understood.
Some of these drawings have been made using black iron oxide
and magnets. The process becomes important as a way of exploring
the 'nature of creativity' and offers a way of mapping it
out. I am interested in the natural abstract qualities underlying
creative expression and how we collectively respond to these
systems. By sprinkling iron oxide over the paper and then
drawing it around with magnetic forces from underneath the
paper I am playing with the paradox of chance and control.
The magnetic force has a life of its own independent of the
forces I bring to bear. The imagination of the viewer then
completes the creation.