Occasionally an idea comes to me fully formed, but usually- as with this drawing, Remain c1999, and its companion Under- I start by following a gut feeling, bringing a single image to life and then listening to what it wants to do. Allowing this to happen means disarming the know-it-all verbal side of my brain and/or waiting to see what it says NO to and then going there.
All things NO- brings me to my treasured copy of The Found Object News: FOOD LAWS, a photocopied artists’ publication by Elizabeth Shreve. I’m not sure of the date of this photocopied booklet with a tape over staple binding, pre- 1990 I think. The directness of Elizabeth’s drawings and the blunt way the text is presented comes from the aesthetics of a pre digital world. Just an artist, her drawings, some press type and a photocopier. The dark humor – referencing drawings for children and a text that could come from anyone’s inner parent- makes me laugh every time. To see more of Elizabeth’s work: http://toryfolliard.com/artists/elizabeth-shreve/