This new piece is an extension to the series of works on paper that I created at the beginning of the pandemic, which were predominantly derived from Instagram-based content. Drawings that are designed to act as time capsules, as portraits, and as individual vignettes that allude to a larger narrative.
In translating a digital image to a analog one with pencils on paper, there lies a dialogue between the nuance of human, handmade drawing, and digital glitches. Each composition has visual fractures and repetitive slices of imagery, which reflect the present, perpetual state of flux in which images are read and shared: Whereas printed photos were considered static documents, digital images disseminated in virtual space have more of a flow than a trace.
As soon as I saw this alluring image in Khoi’s post I immediately took a screenshot. I find it exudes a beautiful cinematic quality. Whilst creating this piece one area of focus was the potential energy in the skater’s physical gesture. The laborious process of making a drawing such as this one is incredibly slow, which is counter to the speed of the activity of the subject. The diagonal black and white striped pattern poetically alludes to certain visual signifiers in traffic and road signage — often a way to inform society to momentarily proceed with caution. Further, I was carefully considering the visual activity of this high contrast pattern in relation to the rhythm of the forms in the drawn image, especially the verticality and asymmetrical spacing of the trees.
Since I asked for Khoi's permission to work with his photo and he happily granted me permission, I conceive of this process within the spirit of the collective and collaborative in terms of combining energies from various origins. What was once a fleeting moment on a social media platform evolved into a multilayered artwork with various associations that hopefully continue to expand.