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I talked about a need for new approaches to the ongoing wall piece in my last post. Since then I have been conducting experiments with new forms:

new forms

Responding to criticism, I have chosen an indentation in the studio to trace and repeat in the above rhomboid form. Care was taken to ensure the chosen mark’s shape could not be easily read as animal like, or to evoke many associations beyond it’s own pure form.

shape of itself

I am preparing for our MFA mid term show this Thursday night in the art college. Rather than try to seek a resolution, where the whole wall coheres as a piece, I have decided to heed one of my tutors advice and set up an experimental drawing ‘lab’ for the duration of the show. This will free me up, the idea of having to produce a ‘resolved’ piece fills me with anxiety. In my experience anxiety is a perrenial enemy of creativity.

One possible idea would be to use black as a framing device, perhaps with the repeated blob shape, as in this hastily mocked up photoshop picture:


This would heighten the impact of the central band of marks. Another idea for potential development is sanding the wall. I like the looking through tracing paper effect of this, as seen in this small section:


The piece will continue to evolve in the coming days, over the duration of the show. I will be performing in a time based work. I’ll update this blog with what happens.

The Orpheus building wall piece has continued to grow over the last few weeks. I have employed the same rational, measured and almost ritualistic process of tracing and transferring marks in it’s creation.




Marks congregate around my eye level, the natural and most comfortable place to work. In this way I leave a trace of the mass of my own self on the space.


Several sections occur where where marks are most layered and concentrated.


A photograph of one wall inverted. I think it resembles a constellation.


I could continue this approach until the end of the academic year, but I want to interrupt it and set new rules.

hollow windows

Here is another work from 2001, drawn from a photograph of what remains of Downhill House in county Derry. I used grey paper which shows through in the mid-tones, the light and dark tones were added. The photograph showed more of the now roofless building , I honed in on these handsome bay windows.

More information about the history of the building can be found here

Robinson and Cleaver

This piece is from around the same time as Cathedral. It is quite a loose study from a photograph of a window in the landmark Robinson and Cleaver building in the centre of Belfast. I used white and grey crayon. I experimented by using black paper to try and heighten the drama and add to the night time feel. The white eyes of the carved heads are exaggerated for ominous effect.

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