Series: The Suicide of Petronius (December 2018) and Dual Self Portrait: My Mind and the Universe (June 2019)
Pen on Paper
21 x 30 cm
Inspired by Wols, I build up shapes into a web, paralleling the cosmos and neural networks. The picture, united from afar, conceals tiny images within its fabric. Thus the viewer, forced to uncover these images through zoomed attention, experiences depth. The work’s process is inspired by writers Ginsberg and Kerouac, who wrote spontaneously to map an evolving consciousness as different ideas accumulate to become something: “mind practised in spontaneity invents form in its own image”.
Fold Study: Trash Bag (October 2018)
Graphite on paper
58 x 38 cm
This piece shows the human gaze at work. At a certain angle, a regular trash bag becomes a dynamic abstract piece. While the work’s strong diagonals give it a sense of movement, its balanced composition and smooth rendering—inspired by the Charles Bargue plates and San Francisco artist Joel Daniel Phillips—temper that dynamism with stability. This is a stepping stone for technique, because better control of the pencil will help me draw anything better.