Black Grids was developed as a natural off shoot of my main project Residual Ink Drawings. In this project, I use the configuration of the grid -a long-standing metaphor for stability and order - only to then make it vibrate with chance and gesture. In these assemblages, I consider qualities of balance while seeking order amid randomness. I play with the grid and its structuring armature to display a kind of controlled anxiety while exposing the inherit contradictions of attempting to do so.

To make these pictures I use a printmaker’s brayer to apply reclaimed black ink from discarded ink jet cartridges directly onto photo gloss paper. These original hand-made pictures or drawings are then reproduced using digital technologies and an inkjet printer. The resulting photographs are then assembled along with their original twins in a grid, considering a system which varies from work to work.

2020