Shadow Drawings

Back in 2004 I did a number of 'shadow drawings' (see top image) which were hand-etched images on acrylic sheet - the idea being that when a light shone the shadow of the etched image became visible. As the light changed so the image became less or more visible. As part of my fade/erase/wash series I wanted to do a similar thing with finger marks. Had a bit of a play today with a small piece of test acrylic and I think it will work - although of course it's absolutely impossible to get a decent photo. One dilema is scale - the old ones are about 90 x 120 cm so much easier to draw, see and document - these test are only about 6 x 10 cm and really tricky to draw. However I do quite like the idea of the scale being similar to actual size as when there is no direct light they look almost invisible - similar to finger marks on windows/ mirrors..... Will need to give this more thought - as I've still got a few months work to finish current large drawings there's no rush. Organising a group show at the Crompton in July where all customers/ staff can submit work - so may try to finish this small one for that - can get some idea of how it works and some feedback :)


  1. The shadow drawings are terrific Kate .. I remember seeing these up close - very impressive - will be interested to see what you submit for Jerwood as I remember the piece from last year and was disappointed you didn't get through ..

    Additionally, if you could let me know the submission criteria for you open show at Crompton in July (drawings, framed, date by etc) I might be interested in trying my hand ..

    Cheers, KW

  2. Hi Kevin, thanks, sorry taken so long to reply (mad busy!). All crompton show info on crompton blog -
    basically 2nd/ 3rd and 5th July. Anything creative accepted!, Kate