Study for Chimera2016
This is a study drawing for one of the works that have been made following a brief experience of visiting ‘The Jungle’ camp, Calais in January 2016, and finding my way through the expanse of tents where people were making their temporary homes. It is based on some of the structures that I saw and recorded, but the drawing is a composite of these, and not presented as an accurate record of reality. The first layer of the work (on cotton rag paper) was made by making prints from the kinds of vegetables and fruits that people were preparing for meals there, a vital daily activity that became central and essential to life there. Over the top of this, the drawing was completed with chalk, charcoal, and some ochre.
NB If sold, 30% of all works in this ongoing series relating to the refugee crisis will be donated towards refugee relief wherever it seems most needed at the time.