Cynthia Barlow Marrs SGFA

Portfolio: • Pale Grey Castle - solo exhibition 2020

Pale Grey Castle

Created for my solo exhibition September 2020 at The Old Court Artspace, Windsor

Private collection

Charcoal, graphite and ink on paper
91cm x 60cm

Papered Over

In 2013 I commissioned Vision Litho to design and produce The Windsor Emporium Sketchbook, a small limited edition book of drawings I had made over the course of a year under the chandeliers of our historic Guildhall. My subjects were the visitors and vendors of the Windsor Emporium, a monthly artist-and-artisan fair featuring handmade and collectible goods. Thus began my habit of returning to the same location, month after to month, to draw for hours at a time.

When I took delivery of the beautifully designed Windsor Emporium Sketchbooks, I discovered the printer had very kindly sent a small stack of surplus uncut A2 pages, my Windsor Emporium sketches printed on both sides. I had been mulling over how best to put these to good use, and finally came up with the concept for Papered Over.

The idea was to cover the page with marks in ink and pencil so that all that remains of the printed imagery is an impression of something underneath. This took me some time, and as the new drawing spread across the old, I thought about past and present, and the way things that have gone before influence what we do today.

I combined my love of layers, mark making, patterns and repeats, and black and white, with the underlying grid structure of the litho-printed sheet. And the leaf motif which appears in many of my collage artworks has also leapt into the picture.

Ink, pencil and charcoal on litho-printed paper
48cm x 52cm