Draw In

2023 / charcoal, pastel, ink, graphite on paper, 18 rusted bulldog clips / 6.5m x 114cm and 18 x 29.7cm x 21cm charcoal on paper

My father died of lung disease; I fear the same fate.

Continuous writing helps me uncover what’s in my subconscious. Writing helps me face fears about exposure to workplace toxic emissions.

Artist Statement

Words in 'Draw In' mirror administrative cover up and the accumulation of toxic air inhaled in a lifetime.

We draw in breath about 12 times a minute, over 17,000 times a day and well over six million times a year. With every breath, we suck deep into our lungs the air around us. Hopefully we draw in clean fresh air, for many including myself sometimes the air is contaminated with toxic particles.

'Draw In' was inspired while on an artist residency at The Foundations Portland NSW.

The residency was at the old cements works location. While there I thought about hazardous fumes consumed in the workplace and the pollutants emitted into the air from a nearby coal powered, power station at Mount Piper.

I embarked on a text-based drawing because respiratory disease is something I worry about. My father died of lung disease, and I fear the same fate.

The act of continuous writing helps me uncover what’s happening in my subconscious. Writing helps me face my fears about continued exposure to workplace toxic emissions and what I need to do about it.

Letters and words in Draw In mirror the accumulation of toxic air inhaled over a lifetime.

Snippet taken from accompanying 14-minute audio Jody Graham, composed by Mark Cauvin

We draw in breath about 12 times a minute, over 17,000 times a day and well over six million times a year.

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