Distanced (Not Separate)

Pencil, mineral pigments, linen thread and gold on paper. ø 56 cm.

Date25 March 2020

This piece was inspired by and made while under lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic, though it can also be read on other levels independent of specific events.


The grid, which would normally be hidden, holds all the elements together and in relationship, no matter how distant they seem from each other. Nothing is adrift.

The pigments I used were those I had on hand at the time, as I was preparing a book on inks and paints in the Abbasid-era Middle-East: cinnabar, red lead, orpiment. The rose colour (cinnabar + lead white) and purple (cinnabar + lake dye) were prepared according to the medieval recipes I was reconstructing.

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