'Fine Lines' was a body of work produced for a practice-led PhD (PLR), where I delved further into the conundrum of drawing and its role in my work. These figurative images in paint and drawing media deal with journeying, transition, impermanence and change.
Becoming (2009 - 2012), formed a significant part of this show. This installation of 18 compressed charcoal drawings on Fabriano, ranging from A1 to 120 x 150 cm, is an open-ended inquiry, where each drawing extends and explores, on the one hand, the nature and process of drawing and on the other, the image of a pupaic motorcyclist. I explored this image as a metaphor for transition and states of change, as well as a complexity of paradoxes about metamorphosis.
Becoming VI (detail)
Compressed charcoal on Fabriano
Painting and Drawing
During this period, one of the many questions I explored was the relationship of painting and drawing in my practice. What perplexed me was that there appeared a difference between my works in paint and those in traditional drawing media - in spite of similar mark making driven by an equally open-ended and exploratory artistic approach (see for example, Promised Land and On the Back of a Bakkie).
I realised my approach in making smaller works in drawing media was more detached and playful. Small scale drawings are easy to discard. There is little preparation of the ground before I start working. With large scale gesso-ed surfaces (120cm x 240cm), which take at least a week to construct and prepare, I learnt that I brought a greater determination to find some resolution to these pieces. Which is not a bad thing – it allows for more cycles of construction and destruction. Fascinating though, that subtle differences in artistic attitude can reflect so palpably in the handling of materials.
Those Who Go
Oil on gesso
123 cm x 141 cm
Oil on canvas
140 cm x 140 cm
Oil on gesso
112 cm x 132 cm