Relics: The Rosary, 2016, text drawing, archival ink on Fabriano paper, 30x30cm.

Relics: The Nicene Creed, 2016, text drawing, archival ink on Fabriano paper, 30x30cm.

Relics: The Lord's Prayer, 2016, text drawing, archival ink on Fabriano paper, 30x30cm.

Relics: Hail Mary, 2016, text drawing, archival ink on Fabriano paper, 30x30cm.

Relics, 2016, installed at Dominik Mersch Gallery.

Photos by Document Photography.

My repetitively handwritten text drawings engage with ideas of prayer, devotional acts, indoctrination, obsession, longing and awe. In Relics, Catholic prayers are scribed by hand in dogmatic repetition, overwritten until they can no longer be read, blurring the original sentiment of the prayers leaving a dark wash of ink. The prayers are drawn from my Catholic upbringing. The work is a reflection upon my memories of the church congregation reciting prayers, and upon my own antitheism. Their form takes on a sense of an infinite night sky, white noise and the abyss. They are a palimpsest, an obliteration, a relic.