I nearly always draw onto transparent paper. Images evolve from a process which begins with a vague idea, some pieces of text, a half-imagined narrative. I often take photographs or make prints and draw on top of them, conjuring action (the drawing) on top of the static (photograph/print). I'm never sure how the drawing is going to evolve or what exactly the narrative will be. I prefer to work intuitively, meditatively, allowing the image to form itself, the story to work itself free from a tangle of memory and dream. Often, I am thinking about events from the past or listening to music which reminds me of particular things and conjures certain memories or feelings. Transparent paper suggests impermanence, fragility, and the drawings can be clear or lost in the background, depending on what surface they are laid over. When the drawings are complete, I usually have a set of images which I will then layer over their backgrounds and light from behind. Sometimes I make holes in the paper and shine light through, photographing the results on different settings until I achieve the desired effect.
The Echo Collector
Siren Vs Sailor
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