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In Breath and more art by Jo Lewis

In Breath, 2021
9 x 9 cm (h x w)
GBP 100
Ink
Paper
plywood

Over the last year there has been a shift in my practice from working predominantly outside to working in the studio. Necessity by the lockdown, I have focused on the ebb and flow within us, breath, as both subject and medium. Using an ink solution on paper, manipulated by my own breath, the exploration feels more pertinent due to the nature of Covid-19. Our breath has become something to be held back and physically to be masked, something to be kept away from. Through these drawings, I have come to notice our inner ebb and flow as both incredibly empowering and very fragile, moving towards that constant interplay of strength and fragility within us. Each consecutive breath is made through a process of breathing an ink solution on to paper. In the process of making the drawing, the bubbles of blown ink wanted to cluster, to touch, to land aside and on top of each other. The small scale of the work, intimate in its proximity to the viewer is an invitation to that which is intimate, to that which touches, which seeks proximity.

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