Last Seen is a series of graphite drawings made with both direct and indirect reference to CCTV footage and police photography of the last known recorded image of a person before or at their disappearance or death - their ‘last scene’. I find a great tension between the fact that these images are in the public domain, while simultaneously being one of the most private and sad moments of a person’s existence.

The drawings are made in two textures of graphite to create a surface which is at once matt and shiny, and resemble photographic negatives. Because they have a shifting relationship with the light one must observe them almost forensically, moving around to catch the light and with it, details and clues. The ethics here are blurred, the rights of who owns these images debatable, and I hope by drawing them to elevate the photographs into something beautiful at least, a homage to the victims.

The Death of Trayvon Martin, Florida, 26.2.12

The Death of Mike Brown, Ferguson, 9.8.2014 (film still) The police violence in America is happening almost too fast to comprehend and almost certainly too fast to document. In a series that started with the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, I have been documenting the last image in the victims of police shootings lives.  In this film the drawn footage is worked and reworked until the figures merge with the landscape and the paper is destroyed. There is a sense of burning, referencing lynching and also foreshadowing the subsequent riots.

The Death of Mike Brown, Ferguson, 9.8.2014 (film still)

The police violence in America is happening almost too fast to comprehend and almost certainly too fast to document. In a series that started with the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, I have been documenting the last image in the victims of police shootings lives. 

In this film the drawn footage is worked and reworked until the figures merge with the landscape and the paper is destroyed. There is a sense of burning, referencing lynching and also foreshadowing the subsequent riots.

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The Death of Patricia Miller, Florida 20.4.88 This series is made in parallel to the ‘Last Seen’ series. Instead of using existing documentation as a reference they record instead an imagined, interior version of a crime.  Here I have focused mainly on events where women have suffered in spaces where they should have been safe – their own homes, their own beds. Horror comes from the breaking of borders - between clean and unclean, safety and danger, body and corpse. I have tried to use the graphite and the act of drawing to create a surface which alludes physically and conceptually to the acts that have taken place, for example with the Burnt Bed, which references the death of Patricia Miller at the hands of James Barnes in 1988, where he tied her to a bed and set fire to it. The pencil is scored across the surface over and over, literally distressing the paper to a point where it appears charred.

The Death of Patricia Miller, Florida 20.4.88

This series is made in parallel to the ‘Last Seen’ series. Instead of using existing documentation as a reference they record instead an imagined, interior version of a crime.  Here I have focused mainly on events where women have suffered in spaces where they should have been safe – their own homes, their own beds. Horror comes from the breaking of borders - between clean and unclean, safety and danger, body and corpse.

I have tried to use the graphite and the act of drawing to create a surface which alludes physically and conceptually to the acts that have taken place, for example with the Burnt Bed, which references the death of Patricia Miller at the hands of James Barnes in 1988, where he tied her to a bed and set fire to it. The pencil is scored across the surface over and over, literally distressing the paper to a point where it appears charred.

Massacre at Garissa, 2.4.15, Kenya In April this year, Al-Shabaab gunmen stormed the Garissa University College campus in Kenya. 147 people were killed. This image is my reaction to the event, which I felt I could not draw with any realism at the time. What I have done is number the dead, and then rub them out, with the eraser residue evoking the forms of the dead bodies, a more human vision than a number.

Massacre at Garissa, 2.4.15, Kenya

In April this year, Al-Shabaab gunmen stormed the Garissa University College campus in Kenya. 147 people were killed. This image is my reaction to the event, which I felt I could not draw with any realism at the time. What I have done is number the dead, and then rub them out, with the eraser residue evoking the forms of the dead bodies, a more human vision than a number.

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