These works generally explore areas where drawing and writing overlap. These works are repetitive, and this gives me space to think about what is authenticity, what is copying, and how speed looks. As a child, I saw my grandmother’s household notes in stenography which I understood as her private script. Her notes came to mind again after a friend gave me an old tutorial for Gregg shorthand – a phonetic script. Although the tutor is explicit that shorthand is not drawing, I practiced until I gained speed and use the both speed and shorthand in these works.

In the early 1980s, as stenography was becoming outmoded, hip hop was on the rise. Representing old school hip hop lyrics in stenography exposes some of their shared attributes – speed, accuracy, personal style, and critical relationships to gender and power. The works on Perspex selected here also share attributes of repetition and copying, and were produced for the exhibition, ’Fusiform Gyrus’ at Lisson Gallery, London 2013.

Old School
Ballpoint pen on multiple sheets of drafting paper, 37 x 18 cm 2015
Stenographic drawing from “White Lines” (Grand Master Flash / Melle Mel 1983 Sugar Hill)
Collection of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt
Little Bitty Dive, detail
Graphite, carbon, ink on vintage blotter paper, Two folding scrolls: each 224 x 63 cm 2014
Stenographic drawing from “Beat Bop” (Rammelzee and K-Rob Tartown/Profile Records 1983)
created for “The Intuitionists” at the Drawing Center NY, 2014
Collection of the State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art
detail from Little Bitty Dive 2014
stenographic drawing, “…like a gangster prankster number one bankster…”
Rapper’s Delight, studio version
Ballpoint pen on multiple sheets of drafting paper, 37 x 18 cm 2016
Stenographic drawing from “Rappers Delight” (The Sugar Hill Gang, 1980 Sugar Hill)
Driver
inscribed Perspex, 32 x 70 cm 2013 – Inscription reads, ‘psychopomp’
Exhibited in ‘Fusiform Gyrus’ at Lisson Gallery, London
Photo: Lisson Gallery London
Sailor and the Other Side
Inscribed Perspex, 32 x 70 cm 2013 – Inscriptions include copied Medieval Cypriot graffiti
Exhibited in ‘Fusiform Gyrus’ at Lisson Gallery, London
Photo: Lisson Gallery, London.