(A) Drawing Interview ( for June Drawing show in aid of UNICEF) June 2016
Do you try to create imagined worlds
in your work ?
MM; Well firstly I think Cocteau was right when he said "Asking an artist to talk about his work is like asking a plant to discuss horticulture."
Articulating any creative practice in words is never easy and yet we have to discuss it because it is such a deep and fascinating practice. I honestly find it much easier to talk about others Artists work and discuss my students work than my own output. Yet I am fascinated by the creative process which is why I love teaching this subject so much - so yes, I will happily talk about visual language and my inspirations for drawing but I will do it with my Lecturers ‘hat on’ as that will help me be more objective.
To try to answer that first question I'd say .... no, not as such - to me imagined worlds has certain connotations of being escapist and that’s not what drawing is about for me – for me it’s about engaging rather than escaping – but yes I do throw up or propose spaces and alternative realities - but by nature they become quite real once they exist, once they are cooked as it were - so they are not 'imaginary' but important for me beyond invention.....they form a part of my weekly record of shaping a context as a human being, a Man, a Parent etc.
Drawing expresses feelings like any voice or instrument - so drawing is an instrument too and a way of mapping or edifying feeling and memory .....expressing strength or vulnerability. The work I do often becomes a series of visual Logs or elegies. Composing a song, poem, painting or a drawing is an intuitive and emotional act. Jorge Luis Borges said ‘Poetics springs from something deeper; it’s beyond logical intelligence’ – and he’s not wrong. Science knows very little of how consciousness actually works.