do you see there being a romance between the paper and the marks?
a romantic relationship is there. the color and texture of the piece of paper and the pencil marks always interplay, letting one another take the lead.
.how can you keep them looking so different from each other? is it like different subject matters?
that is part of it - they all start with a distinct source. also i think it comes about by having many pieces going at a time. i am conscious of the path that I was taking in one piece while deciding which path to pursue in the next.
.when you begin a work, is there already a look in mind?
the look of a piece tends to come later.
.what percentage of the drawings that you begin fail and get tossed?
recently, I would estimate my failure rate at around 66 percent.
.why not use ink?
graphite suits me.
.do you think of your drawings as being quiet or noisy?
something in between, like listening to a field recording done with a contact microphone.