Completed during summer 2020, these drawings are based on Cold-War era found photographs. Taken at an RAF radar station here in Shetland, these photographs document a radome destroyed by severe weather. From these, I selected twisted lines and distorted shapes to use as the basis of my drawing. Over long periods of time, I worked with shading to create fragmented areas of tone, resulting in a kaleidoscopic effect. I was influenced by Vorticist David Bomberg, who in the early 20th century created dissolved images using geometrical frameworks for a new technological machine age. The lattice structures in my drawings are more chaotic and crumpled - they fold in on themselves, suggesting turmoil in utopian futuristic progress. These themes seemed especially pertinent during lockdown, when so much of modern life was thrown into uncertainty. Making these small-scale yet intense works at home (during restricted travel) proved cathartic. Long hours spent making controlled repeated marks became a process of contemplation. Beginning from a photographic framework, the drawings 'push and pull' between figuration and abstraction, surface and space, variations in tone are not for realistic effect but to explore a very real feeling of disorientation and 'power of nature' during 2020.
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