Ilona Szalay

Ilona Szalay: Drawing is the starting point in all my work. I draw through ideas. It is the single most important component in my practice. I do not differentiate between media when drawing – a drawing can be any scale on any thing, it is the lines that are important. Often I draw with paint, most recently on glass. The rapidity and ease with which drawings can be made and remade on glass started me thinking about animation. I have subsequently made a series of stop motion animated drawings using oil paint on glass. These moving drawings exist only in recorded form as each drawing is extinguished to allow room for the next, as such the work is ephemeral and spontaneous, the images dissolving into each other and sliding across the surface of the glass. The pictures tell of metamorphosis, desire, dreams and death.