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Hiroshige’s Tree. 2017
6 panels, each 42x59.5cm

‘Evening Rain at Karasaki’ by Japanese woodcut artist Utagawa Hiroshige is a starting point here for an investigation into mark making and what holds an image together.
Repetitively drawing the tree over and over, different parts of the drawing presented themselves as supports for the drawing. Quite literally, for the tree, these supports come in the form of poles, to hold up the arms of the ageing pine.
The frame is also important here. It’s explored in my drawings as something for me to work against, for the marks to pass or push against.