You’re a young artist with a rather unique style. Why do you use ballpoint pens in your work ? Tell us a bit about your process.
What I like about ballpoint pens is that they impose limitations on me. I started out as a painter but found that everything happened too fast when I painted. Even if the outcome was satisfying, the process was not. Working with drawing materials forces me to slow down and spend more time with the image. It also takes away any anxiety over choosing a colour palette. You really have to make do with whatever inks the pen companies decide to release, which is not many. I enjoy those parameters while I’m working.
How do you come up with an idea for a painting ? What inspiration informs your work ? What are you trying to achieve in your work ?
I’m inspired by moments from my daily life. I try to think about scenarios or objects that lend themselves to the material I am using; particular shapes, textures and colours that I know I will be able to render with pens. I rarely make sketches before I begin something though. I like to start with a loose idea and then see where the process takes me. Sometimes the final piece drifts far from my initial concept. I always want to make something that even I am confused by.
Is the imagery a projection of real life events that have happened to you ? How much of reality itself is twisted or manipulated to reach that feeling of “fantasy” in your work ?
Each drawing is rooted in an experience I have had. I think a lot of the time I am trying to mystify a memory that through time has sort of lost its magic or intensity. In a sense I feel like I am polishing a dull stone, trying to restore some of the lustre that was there originally.