Drawn Together: An exhibition in Platform A Gallery

Lesley Hicks (Photographer)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


A collaborative venture between Platform A Gallery and MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art). The exhibition involved four artists with a strong relationship to drawing, who were paired with works from the MIMA collection.

Middlesbrough has a long-standing fascination with drawing. Many pieces in the Middlesbrough Collection were acquired through the Cleveland Drawing Biennale, an art competition held from 1973-1996 in the town. Through this Biennale, the collection developed a strong national and international strand of contemporary drawing.

By pairing work by established contemporary practitioners with works from the Middlesbrough Collection, Drawn Together celebrated the legacy and history of drawing in the region extending Middlesbrough’s investigation of drawing practice to the present.

My works were paired with a piece by Brigida Baltar, Collecting Mist.
My drawings explore how we experience landscape and how the nature of this experience might inform the drawn mark. I was intrigued by Baltar’s exploration of the notion of immersion, and the depiction of sensory experiences of the natural world. Baltar plays imaginatively with the elusive and fleeting nature of this experience in her playful depictions through her inventive devices for collecting mist.
By contrast, my drawings explore a viewpoint disconnected and separate from the natural world depicted, developed from webcam images retrieved from a road traffic website that monitors and records the conditions of roads country-wide in Iceland. Regularly, throughout the day and night, webcam stills of these remote Icelandic roads are uploaded and then, automatically, displayed on the website. Screen captures of these stills have provided me with the source imagery for my drawing project. Sometimes these cameras malfunction, as was the case in the sources for these drawings. Time consuming to make and built up gradually through layer after layer of repetition, immersion here, for me, happens within the drawing process itself.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2023


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