This series of works were done for a show in Warsaw, Poland. I do have a contentious history and conflicted relationship with this city.
I prize it and appall it. It is familiar and foreign. I was born here and grew up elsewhere. People I loved where hurt here and yet resisted to leave. It is marginal and it matters.
The works in this series deal with this idea on a literal, conceptual and formal level. The use of the images ranges from appropriated and classical — Rembrandt’s lion, Leonardo’s St. Sebastian — to representational, incidental, imagined. They’re pointedly personal, political, socio-cultural. The images are combined with words, written juxtaposing terms.
The drawings are quick and urgent. They are bold and imposing in scale and the execution of the imagery basic and fragile in their medium — oil-charcoal and ink on paper. They’re meant to be easily perishable. They all carry a unifying element of a red line dividing each into “sky” and “ground”. The red line, or the red band, is contained by thin pencil lines and filled with red ink. (Related to a memory of my first job given to me by my architects parents when I might have been 7-8 years old, to fill in red ink on certain streets on large urban plan blue prints. They actually paid me to do it and I loved it.) In the red band are hand-written, penciled (juxtaposing) words.
St. Sebastian — 2017, oil stick, charcoal, pencil No.2 & ink on paper, 213cm x 244cm