My use of long reels of paper is influenced by Japanese scroll paintings, which I admire for their delicate linear mark-making, poetic script, and use of narrative to record major historical events and everyday life.
Sunday Morning, (2008-9) is a 5 metre long scroll drawing made over 2 months, of the street below. Every Sunday morning for two months a local cafe owner very kindly allowed me to sit upstairs in the function room so that I could draw at the view from the same window.
I wanted to capture movement and the passing of time, and record with pencil on paper as much as I was perceiving at the time- the different views of the street below depending on my changing line of vision; people and traffic passing. I recorded my thoughts and sounds in text. In one section, I tried to record the animated movement of the builder working, as he ascended the ladder on the scaffolding.
Western Road (2009), is a pencil and mixed media drawing on a four metre long roll of tracing paper, created over a period of three days from a window above an urban high street.
'Western Road' Scroll Drawing
Copyright: 2009: Jacqueline Davies (nee Raybone)
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