The Giving Withdrawing series
graphite on paper
In this series I build up the page’s surface through writing phrases often used in love letters or stories. As I write statements such as “I love you” or “forever yours,” the drawing simultaneously darkens in value as the repetitive movement of my hand across the surface smudges and erases the text. The repetition of such phrases, as an attempt to express the inexpressible, functions in a similar way. As we attempt to express the depths of our loves, we lose ourselves in language, both saying and never quite saying how we feel.