In the signatures series it is the nature of the book as a form and as an object that intrigues me: the intimacy of our physical relation to it and its object nature wed to space and time. In this group of works I use the format of a signature, the drawn object spanning one page to the next. The movement from page to page proposes the element of time into the viewing of a single object, allowing us to understand a small drawing through time in a way similar to how we experience a thing or an object as it sits in space. The loft of the page gives a breath to the form suggesting movement from side to side to create an inside as well as an outside, which confirms the work’s association with the world of objects.
While the works on paper presented here reiterate the rectangular shape of the support, I want to make that rectangularity neutral--a ground against which to see irregularities, which become pictorial. In making the images, I use layers of ink that responds to the particulars of the paper surfaces. Rather than making a mark with a drawing implement, I pool the ink on the paper with Chinese brushes, filling the brush and then releasing it onto the surface of the paper. Once pooled, I move the ink rather than drawing it about the paper. The absorption rates varying across the image. Each of the inks I am using is made from galls sourced from Hampstead Heath, so each oxidizes to different degrees and at different rates. What I am attempting to achieve is a sense of space within the shape of the dense image. I am not interested in these spaces as literal representations as much as I am in letting them produce a tension between the allusion to the fluid atmospheric effects of a landscape space, on one hand, and to the mark-making action of fluid ink on absorbent paper, on the other. A small patch of reserved support is a brilliant light and a gap in the quasi-rectangular shape, something outside the pictorial space altogether. So these irregularities are dramatic pictorial elements and gaps in the image, deep within the pictured space and bounding the inky shape on the paper's surface.