Difficult to Find the Lost Things
Wall drawing with pencil colour; audio
Installed at 24/7, exhibition at Somerset House
September 2019 - January 2020
Drawn by hand on my phone, this large scale photocopy was traced directly off digital collages made from my phone media archive, including photos of flyers, artworks, postcards and text. Layering fragmented memories, texts and information into a daydream map suggestive of reverie and absorption, the tracing has been magnified to create a large-scale drawing that has been partly coloured in. Evoking the practice of colouring-in as a meditative activity designed to combat anxiety, the scale and chaotic structure of the drawing, and the fact it remains unfinished, nevertheless suggest the impossibility of ever switching off the multiple clashing roles and distractions that precarious conditions create.The drawing is accompanied by an improvised reading of the text on the original collage, creating a spoken piece whose randomness and broken continuity echoes the challenges of staying sane (and undistracted) within the never-ending demands on our attention. The original drawing was then lightly edited and re-formatted for publication in On Care [Ma Biblioteque, 2020, edited by Rebecca Jagoe and Sharon Kivland].