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Artist Statement

My drawings are about the fraught intensity of being human. They ask, how does it feel to be in this human body with this particular psychology? They respond to their environment. Every part of the paper is activated, it is dense with anxious mark making and underlying scribble. They are in direct conversation with themselves inside the space in which they are drawn, the surface of the paper and its edges. The images themselves are aggressive players in a game of urgent self discovery. The drawings ask, How is it possible to keep the inner world intact when in upheavl?

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© Anne Johnstone, 2023

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