300 Drawings / a Confessional

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This is an ongoing collaborative project between Nell Sully and Sylvie Toutain. Through a quantitive process we are exploring the flexibility and power of the drawn surface to veraciously express and confess some of the issues facing women in middle age and the importance of understanding how our memories are retained and how they influence our behaviours. Through this abundant, challenging and deep interrogation the project aims to create an aggregation of admissions and disclosures, a haptic process that is reprogramming their own DNA as they progress.

The confessions happen as we talk about our lives concerning varying regrets, responsibilities and fears about our relationships, our art practice, our physical presence or lack thereof and the current issues facing us in the world we inhabit today. The way that both of us are responding to the ideas of the confession is interesting. Sylvie hides her confessions behind screens cautious to lay down categorically obvious or identifiable references. Nell, conversely is attempting to express within figuration the complexities of her learned life using honesty and absurdity. Here lies the dynamic between the two sets of drawings which are to all intents and purposes a trusting conversation between two friends.