Gordon House, Margate


These drawings are the result of two short residencies at Gordon House, Margate, UK. I was invited by Lucy Lyons to record the interior walls and floors of this soon to be renovated Grade II listed Georgian building during May and July 2018.

The drawings were made by placing layout paper cut to 30x30cm onto the uneven surfaces, and  isolating a 20cm square with a gridded window. I would then attempt to draw straight lines with pencil and ruler.  For each drawing I used the same pencil (an HB graphite stick, in a holder), the same ruler and the same size and weight of paper. Each drawing is produced in the time it takes to draw 39 horizontal lines each with a 0.5cm space between each. Each line would take approximately 3 seconds to draw, with an approximate gap of 6 seconds to reposition the ruler before the next line. Each drawing takes about 6 minutes from the first drawn line to the last.  The composition in these drawings is in the subjective choice of where to place the paper, a decision aided by the use of a view finder to frame and isolate  a particular surface. These drawings are a development of the Circus Street project from 2015 and the Breath Drawings




Horizontal Vertical
Floor boards Plaster
Plywood Brick
Hardboard Artex
Chipboard Wallpapers
Carpet Ceramic tiles
Underlay Tongue & Groove panel
Linoleum Formed plastic
Ceramic tiles Concrete


GH16 19.7.18
Ruler Drawing on paper

GH16 19.7.18

Four short Films – Drawing and Laser cut

Drawing with pencil on paper over a computational laser cut geometric base and a kind a machine poetic of a drawing (print) made by scanning drawing and making file for laser cut etch into paper. Each have back and forth repetition and perforate and puncture the surface of the paper. The pencil leaves a trace of graphite, while the laser coloures the paper through scorching.


Untitled from Arts Brighton on Vimeo.

Untitled from Arts Brighton on Vimeo.

Untitled from Arts Brighton on Vimeo.

Untitled from Arts Brighton on Vimeo.

Derrida – the brink of blindness

This is the quote from Jacques Derrida

The thought of drawing, a certain pensive pose, a memory of the trait that speculates, as in a dream, about its own possibility. Its potency always develops on the brink of blindness.

Derrida, Jacques, Memoirs of the Blind, the Self Portrait and other Ruins, trans. Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1993).

And here is the text that refers to drawing as an ‘intransitive activity’. Hope it is useful.

Drawing Residency -Project Brief-


New development – instead of placing paper onto found readymade surfaces, such as wall’s, floors, table tops, etc I have begun a set of drawings in which I place the paper onto computational designed laser cut constructions. These seem to be a natural development – linking previous dot drawings with the recent breath drawings. The resulting drawings either need to be developed in tandem with as a separate set of work or conflated as part of the TtWL research project. They could fit the Perfectionism show that I will take part in early 2018. At the moment it is ok not to know, but both sets of work are dealing with touch and surface.IMG_6346 IMG_6347 IMG_6351 IMG_6360 IMG_6375 IMG_6365

Surfaces – front and back

The paper I am using is off cuts of Bank paper 30gsm and 45 gsm given to me by Helen Gibbs in bookbinding. Helen recommended I try layout paper for its whiteness, smoothness and weight.  Surfaces are so crucial, the surface of the paper and surface upon which the paper is placed for the activity of drawing. Every surface has its own quality and suggests depth, not a beyond the surface, but a concern with staying close to the surface, exploring what is on the surface both on the front [the side that is actively drawn upon] and the reverse [the side that that is a consequence of the activity]. ‘An attitude that is concerned with dwelling and being resident’. [Dean Hughes: ‘Dwelling as an approach to creative pedagogy’ p.74]. Even touching the surface lightly the paper is broken, punctured and torn.