My practice is not concerned with creating seamless pictorial entireties, where the foreground and background are explicitly linked. It currently deals with the splitting of a whole into exactly two non-overlapping parts, the textual and the illustrative. Visual elements are dichotomised either belonging to one subset or the other, and they are mutually exclusive: nothing sits simultaneously in both parts. However the two parts thus formed may or may not form components of a holistic notion.


In a process of rational calculated choices I methodically compose fonts from parallel ruled lines which interplay with the matrix of negative space. The phrases used come from a myriad of informants but often reprise the suffix ‘ness’, as an inquiry into the state of, or condition of being something; awkwardness = the state of being awkward.

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