Artist’s Statement

I am interested in how we process experience and build memory—specifically, how layers of memory accumulate to create fictional structures. I aim to explore this process and also to imitate it by forcibly conflating images in a single composition or sequence of works. My large-scale charcoal and graphite drawings make significant use of erasure and layering. Using my own experience, found objects and museum specimens as a starting point, I use a naturalistic drawing approach to develop an abstracted composition.

I am particularly interested in drawing associations between disused objects, natural specimens, and domestic and agricultural practices and spaces. Having come of age in a “Knowledge Economy” I question my own lack of everyday knowledge—specifically agricultural, culinary, building, mechanistic and medical. My drawing practice stems from my examination of these unfamiliar spaces, objects, species and processes.

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