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Silverpoint on Board

Silverpoint is an ancient method of drawing… it is literally drawing with silver. There is no room for error as you can’t erase mistakes.

Fragments of Home is a map series taken from aerial views looking down out of a plane on one of my visits home to Africa. It’s all about the journey!


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My work is inextricably linked to my African homeland. I pursue issues of dislocation, diaspora & journeys. Maps and aerial views feature predominately in my recent work. Drawing is my passion. I love to paint too, but struggle with it’s complexities – Colour is an important part of my work but every now and then I yearn for the honesty of the plain, drawn line.

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  • Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch
    Kerryn Madsen-...almost 3 years ago

    Lovely impressions. I’ve never tried silver point though would like to give it a go at some stage. Just never had the tools. What made you decide to use it Katie?

  • It was during my MA Kerrryn… I was looking for a different medium. I love the honesty of silverpoint.. and the way it fades and changes to sepia… Drawing is really where I should stay, I am a TERRIBLE painter! I now have the opportunity to make art for a living and wouldn’t you guess… I can’t get my act together! Creativity can be a curse! Help! Your work is so inspiring I’m in awe! x

    – Katie Grubb

  • Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch
    Kerryn Madsen-...almost 3 years ago

    Oh noes … sounds like the river is polluted/blocked. 8 \ But never fear, nothing is as it seems. We all go through life/death/life cycles, it is only natural and part of our evolution as creative beings, ‘out with the old, in with the new’ so to speak.

    You know, the best painters are usually those best at drawing first and foremost, so don’t believe the inner Harpie talk. Pssst, I’ll tell you a secret ~ Painting is Drawing only done in a different (wet) medium and oft times initial raw energy (dynamic) quality marks get covered up/disappear/forgotten in lengthy strenuous laborious workouts. Hold a conscious understanding and awareness of those energies present/absent ie. in the line/direction, colour/tone, shape/form, texture/repetition, etc, being portrayed within a composition, rather than just a focus on ‘labeling’ of content, like tree, house, leaf, whatever. 8 )

    One of my ‘psycho’ props is the book ‘Women Who Run With the Wolves’ by Clarissa Pinkola Estes and her Chapter Clear Water: Nourishing the Creative Life
    “To lose focus means to lose energy.” … "If you’ve lost focus, just sit down and be still. Take the idea and rock it to and fro. Keep some of it and throw some away and it will renew itself. You need do no more. "
    Hope this helps somewhat.
    Otherwise, B mail me if U want, as happy to discuss further. 8 )

    Bad thoughts be gone, all will OK, in fact brilliant.

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