“Most of the work I do starts with drawing,” says Tom Blake about his wide-ranging practice. These drawings are then fragmented and redrawn, and the new compositions incorporated into cyanotypes, hand-etched desilvered mirrors, mobiles and installations. […] “The repetition is key for me. The compositions and drawings, I’m repeating them many times before I make a work that’s exhibited,” he says. At its heart, this repetition is a liberating act. His lines often seem to gesture towards the figure or symbols and letters. By “gently breaking things apart and removing elements,” as he puts it, he is pointing to the way that structures can be disassembled and recomposed, and how meanings can be reconfigured in new contexts.
Full story in the print edition of Art Collector, Issue 91, January-February 2020. Portrait pic by Andrew Vincent.