To draw is to take time to pay attention to the presence of something. This drawing is one of a series of metalpoint drawings based on photo booth portraits.
My artworks tend to focus on themes to do with memory and presence; silverpoint drawings (literally the trace of a point the metal across a prepared surface) is the perfect medium to suit my ideas. All hand-made drawings are mediums of trace but I think metalpoint drawings emphasise this characteristic in a particularly sensitive and beautiful way.
It isn’t possible to capture the subtleties of the silverpoint medium in scans or in photographs and so I’ve taken a few photographs here from different angles to try to give some idea of how these drawings look in real life. This piece is about the size of a sheet of A5.
These are drawings of little, otherwise unimportant, moments of a life. Here was a point in time in which someone was present. My drawings are a kind of souvenir of these little, lived, moments.