My ‘Set Life’ series is entirely drawn in graphite and charcoal but recognizes my painterly style and is composed of a combination of soft gradient forms and erratic line giving them a sensitive nature. Whilst these would appear to be abstract compositions they are actually studies of abstract wax objects I have made. The objects are formed in an instant, with unique and unpredictable results; the undulating forms emulate folds in fabric, smoke pluming in still air, ink enveloping water. These abstract forms are arranged and lit in a miniature set to create theatrical compositions, and then documented in photographs.
I use these constructs as a starting point to produce graphite and charcoal drawings further removing and distancing the viewer from the original subject, immersing them in ambiguity, a landscape of caverns and organ-like forms.