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I draw with a stick. Two sticks to be precise.

One is a large impressive stick, the other a small twig taped to a pencil. I've been using the same two sticks since I found them in 1999.

Why? You may well ask. The truth is filtered through time but here's roughly the "Why?". During my final year of my Fine Art Degree I remember feeling conflicted & confused about what I was doing & why. I became really interested in exploring something tangible to me, which was my own emotional landscape.  I wanted to try and capture the fleeting emotions, as I experienced them. Sometimes they zipped past at other times they sat with me for days/weeks. Could I capture the feelings in my work?

I became interested in different ways of expressing line and drawing simple characters in an attempt to capture emotions. I was interested in simple forms and in using tools which allowed me to create spontaneous, loose lines. 

I started collecting sticks, using them to draw with ink, to make quick expressive simplified figurative drawings. I soon discovered my shorthand: three pointed hands & feet. Large expressive eyes and mouths.

I found my two favorite sticks & have been using them since then. I have a memory of finding the large stick on the banks of the river Eden whilst I was on a walk in Carlisle & the small twig in the park on the grass at the base of a tree.

My work has developed but I still feel a strong connection to where it started-  because of those two sticks.

ink drawing 1999/2000
ink drawing 1999/2000

 ink drawing 1999/2000

 

ink drawing 1999/2000



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