Ballpoint Pen Drawings
I have always been an impulsive and prolific worker, but during my time on the MLitt I tried to focus more on refining my motifs and applying more detail to emphasise the points I make and strengthen the messages behind them. Drawing in ballpoint pen in sketchbooks made an interesting substitute for some of the restrictions in access to the printmaking workshop, and they also helped me focus on the finer details so that I would be able to use that method within my printmaking. However, you can still see that bit of roughness where the binder is present from where the drawing has been torn from the book.
I have often exhibited work where all the pieces touch one another, and this nods to my autism and viewing many aspects of existence as a massive sensory overload, but it also allows the pieces to connect and almost create one large scale, stand alone piece. I also notoriously avoid framing my work where possible; this celebrates the raw, impulsive nature I tend to possess when I make my work, along with the playful, lighthearted aura of my practice despite the more gruesome elements and subject matter. Nevertheless, if anyone personally wants to frame my work if they are in possession of it, they are very welcome to!