In a contradictory act of simultaneous attunement and defamiliarisation, I dig through layers of appearance in search of underlying form. Things and places are treated according to a flat hierarchy, reduced to edges, planes, shapes and contours – the sparkling lines where positive and negative space collide. Usually repetitively drawing from direct observation to create extensive series around a single subject, those qualities that refuse to be drawn are captured instead in photographs and reductive text works. Stripped of their ordinary contexts and meanings in a conscious departure from conventional treatment, recognisable things are reduced to underlying formal qualities. There are no fictions or narratives here. This is the sharp edge of ‘from life’ engagement free of the closures of representation. It is a process of decoding and translation, of mining the rift between essence and appearance, the space in which things begin to fall apart.