A multitude of scaffolding and cranes is a common sight around this expanding city and suburbs. This changing cityscape and the people it has displaced in the reshaping process fed into my thinking about this work.
The method of creating the scaffold drawings involved building a structure from stencils or strips of tape applied to the surface of the paper. Once the tape was in place the negative spaces were filled in with charcoal and pastel. The tape was removed to reveal the trace of the scaffold structure, exploring abstract visual elements such as line, tone, negative space and repeated patterns. Like a scaffold for a building the tape became a temporary structure, leaving only a ghost image and enabling the construction of the two-dimensional drawing.
Some of the drawings were created during an artist residency in Finland. In July 2017 I was awarded a one-month stay at Arteles, one of the largest International artist residencies in Scandinavia. While the artworks created there did not directly relate to the place the Finnish landscape entered my drawings in the form of the tree horizon.
Lost and Found
The black and white charcoal drawings, entitled Lost and Found, were created by referencing frottage drawings of keys made during the workshops conducted at Blacktown Arts Centre in 2017. The original frottage drawings were scanned and returned to the participants. The images of the keys were projected onto paper, allowing them to overlap and change in scale, fading in and out like a memory. Each key represents a moment in time; each key holds a story about a particular time and place.
Photography: Mike Buick
See Catalogue attached with essay by Paul Howard