'If You Really Saw Us'
       
     
Untitled (Orange and Blue)
       
     
Untitled (Smudge)
       
     
Lining
       
     
Ruined
       
     
Herzog
       
     
Tactile
       
     
'If You Really Saw Us'
       
     
'If You Really Saw Us'

Coloured Pencil on paper

2017

53" x 47" 

An extended study of a photograph in coloured pencil made over a period of 4 months in more than 160 hours. It centres on the hands of my mother, my older sister and me. 
Hands feature heavily in my drawing and there is so much to be seen in the hands of black women. The dark lines that run across my palms make a melanin-rich network that tells of my every action and inaction. They are evidence of so much culture and life, from the way they are used gesturally, to how they are decorated; they are as telling as a face in the history of a person. As a portrait, this drawing for me became a long process of looking and truly seeing my past, and my future in first my sister and then my mother.

On this scale, the hands become a space we could inhabit, and we are drawn into looking at the many details that are often taken for granted: The surprising layers of colour that make up our brown pigment, the variations in tone and texture, the influences from our father and the beautiful marks earned in work, suffering, love and play.

Untitled (Orange and Blue)
       
     
Untitled (Orange and Blue)

Oil Pastel on paper

2017

420 x 594

Untitled (Smudge)
       
     
Untitled (Smudge)

Oil Pastel on paper

2017

420 x 594

Lining
       
     
Lining

Watercolour pencil and pastel on paper

2015

420 x 594

Ruined
       
     
Ruined

Watercolour pencil on paper

2015

297 x 420

Herzog
       
     
Herzog

Watercolour on paper

2014

210 × 297

Tactile
       
     
Tactile

Watercolour pencil on paper

2013

594 x 841