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An unexpected crisis changed the course of my life and art practice. For many years, my work involved direct contact with highly toxic and flammable materials. A serious illness that required major surgery forced me to reconsider my work and reduced my process to simple, frugal and non-toxic materials. I began to create new drawings in such a furious manner in order to gain some control over the fear of the unknown. 
 
Using charcoal and pigments as a medium I’m able to express loss, fear and decay. Resembling ash, it is a constant reminder of the fragility of life. It is primal, immediate and unstable. I use paper as a drawing surface because it is delicate and unforgiving. The gesture of rubbing charcoal on paper, using the pressure of my fingers and skin to control the tonal movement is for me an intimacy between my body, paper and the medium. These materials mirror my current experience. This work speaks to the betrayal of my body and the emotional burden of living with uncertainty. Fast repetitive strokes resembling my abdomen scars, fragmented abstract body parts, cellular destruction, vacancy and loss are all themes I explore.
 
None of the drawings are preconceived but something emerges from a reflection earlier in the day. Evident in the drawings is my reaction to sudden life changes, the transformation I have gone through, continual reevaluation, and a renewed connection to the spiritual world. 
 
 

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