Jane Irwin

I use coloured pencil and graphite for my drawings. I frequently use found objects as the starting point to begin a drawing, picking up discarded objects in the laneways of Toronto where I live, or on the beaches that I visit. I have favourite places in this city where I walk, photograph, paint. Those studies are brought back to the studio to be composed into drawings. The drawings are idea-driven and start out in a careful and thoughtful way. As they progress, other mark-making methods are often used to build the energy of the drawing. In this way, I set up initial control of the process, but invite less restrained impulses to make a contribution, too. The mysterious and complicated balance between these 2 forces serves as one of my main inspirations.

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