'For two decades I have executed my drawing with charcoal. Charcoal, a medium which derives from nature; essentially a charred, burnt wood used to create mark makings and tones in drawings. While creating with charcoal, its physical presence reminds me of my childhood picture making, with a piece of bog oak. The bog oak, thousands of years old, was taken from beneath the layers of peat lands in the west of Ireland, where rural families, like my own, spent long summers ‘saving the turf’.
The process of using a natural simple medium to recreate man-made architectural structures, has essentially, being a core value in the work and its execution. Fascinated with urban environments from an early age, captivated by pictures, movies, stories and eventually experiencing cities; it was New York City, that left a lasting imprint and a desire to investigate and convey it, as a subject in my practice.
Capturing the city, its unique urban characteristics and beauty, whilst sharing the lasting impact I felt when there, together with a strong awareness of contrast and perspective within the work, was a crucial part of this investigation. The medium, subject-matter and scale of the drawing depend and rely on contrast and perspective for an inclusive audience and an immersive experience.
Showcasing it through charcoal, merging both passions to deliver NY Rambling, a simple, gray-scale, soundless environment, unlike a regular New York sensory experience. It offered an opportunity to view the city in urban details, to view it through the eyes of the artist.
Finally, inviting viewers to share an experience strolling along sidewalks, crossing streets, sharing a coffee perhaps, grabbing a bargain in Chinatown or hanging on the edge of a rooftop. Taking in the expansive area congested with gritty details, bricks, shadows, taking care to avoid that smoke stack!'