Cynthia Barlow Marrs SGFA

Portfolio: • The Papered Over series

Papered Over No. 1

Papered Over No. 1

Papered Over No. 1 was one of two new large monochrome drawings featured in my solo exhibition 'Pale Grey Castle' at The Old Court artspace, Windsor in the summer of 2020. It marks the beginning of a new direction for my art.

I had been looking for a way to combine my love of layers, grid structure, mark-making and patterns. It was also important to me that the drawing should have a tonal range from dense black to white. As I cast an eye around the studio for the paper best suited to this project, I remembered my stash of uncut litho-printed pages from my Windsor Emporium Sketchbook.

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 A1 pages, my Windsor Emporium sketches printed on both sides. For quite some time I had been mulling over how best to put these to good use. It turns out they were perfect for the project that became 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 that there is more to the artwork than what one sees on the surface. This took me some time, and as the new drawing spread across reproductions of my eight year old sketches, I thought about past and present, and the way things that have gone before influence what we do today.

Private collection

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