In April 2012 I began to make these ‘(Sub)Conscious’ drawings.
I’d had a block for a number of years, stopping me putting pen or pencil to paper, so I decided to try and get over the blank-page syndrome by marking the paper first and seeing what came out of the marks I’d made.
The process: I begin by making marks on the page with a rag covered in screen-printing ink and retarder (a by-product from cleaning the silk-screens when I’m printing jigsaws at work); I put these sullied pages aside for a few days; On later viewing, I can begin to make some sense of the marks, and often the foundations of an image materialises, at which point I take a pen or pencil to the paper.
Like a Rorschach ink-blot, each mark could be read in a number of different ways, and if it dredges an idea from somewhere in my subconscious I can begin. I only allow myself to think consciously as I begin to make some sense of the original marks and so embark on the actual drawing.
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[Drawings 1 to 8 were shown at Dining Room Drawing Club – Nunhead, London, 17th April 2012]