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Grace Holliday

MA work

Black Pen

For most people, black pens are 'default' – dark, bold and the loyal guide of outlines. Black Pen, however, challenges this preconception by acting as an on-going exploration of inked diversity. Through repetition, perseverance and combination, each pen drawing highlights a unique personality and constructs a passage of time into pattern. Here, there are subtleties to be found in every stroke; small dashes accumulate texture whilst each line decorates another row. Instead of being avoided, ink bleed-throughs are encouraged and the reverse of a drawing revealed as something beautifully enigmatic. The themes to be found in this archive describe a tension between restrictions dictated by the tool and a sense of aesthetic control – as some drawings come to an enforced end, others begin a new phase.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2015

  • As a mark-maker/illustrator my practice explores detailed drawing techniques in order to form collections of surfaces, patterns and figures. With a particular emphasis on process and tools, the way I make is intensive, often playing with a tension between chance and perseverance in order to produce works of either archival or narrative quality.

  • Degrees

  • BA Graphic Arts, Winchester School of Art, 2012