These works generally explore areas where drawing and writing overlap. These works are repetitive, and this gives me space to think about what authenticity is, 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.