Large Black Inks 2007
These large-scale ink paintings explore the emotive and affective potentials of relationships of surface to depth, and between scale and texture. In some of the purely abstract pieces, we see kelp-like oppressive environments emerge as well as wave-like movements. In other more figurative works, we see a recurring bird motif being explored by the artist. Oscillating between stark, skulking ravens and injured fragile types, the birds are totemic in scale yet bleak in their pathos. The immediacy of the black ink on paper is exacerbated by the rough, rapid strokes and saturated, heavily-worked surfaces. Other works explore the tensions between text and mark, in the form of seeping, scratched lamentations.