COAST is a collection of drawings, inspired by spending 3 summers at the beach.
Drawing is my response to everyday experiences. To either capture a moment or mood in a few lines, or work a drawing extensively, the outcome must be the same: the drawing needs to relate, and be authentic, to the experience.
I enjoy the result of the hard fought battle with a drawing – the layering of lines and the discipline to erase the unnecessary and extraneous. This struggle creates the energy in the work. Japanese manga artist, Natsuki Takaya, best sums up this process: “It’s all very simple. But maybe because it’s so simple, it’s also hard.”
I have had a long relationship with swimming and the ocean and been fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend extended periods at the coast in recent summers.
The beach is a place to relax into the surroundings, shed clothes, inhibitions and pretensions. The act of floating in the water, where the swimmer and water become one encourages this state of mind, which is continued on land with the bodies melting into the shapes of the sand.
The line drawings provide cues for space, weight, shape and depth. The watercolour paintings exude a sense of the tranquility and lightness that is a summer holiday. I hope this exhibition triggers memories of saltwater and sun on the skin and sand underneath your feet and the freedom that the beach brings.