Amanda Palmer: I create intensely worked pencil drawings from life, from photographs and from my imagination. I draw as a way to try and resolve a dissonance between science and religion. My drawings feature toys, plants, birds and insects. The compositions are often inspired by nursery rhymes or religious artworks. I am currently experimenting with drawing materials to see how each type of pencil reflects light, to create depth through the reflective quality of the drawing itself. Varying use between the matt quality of the carbon and the reflective nature of the graphite and oil pencil, I aim to heighten the feeling that the creatures and objects are floating in space.