Thursday Thought: Annabel Tilley/Gaia Persico

Asked about the resurgence of drawing, Persico says: ‘It is a big question, but must be seen as a reaction against the YBAs and their in-your-face projects, always so big and brash and finished,’ says Persico. We discuss, in contrast, the instant, often unfinished nature of drawing, ‘that makes it like a journey, and so different to the often laboured and self-conscious stuff around making a painting.’ The idea of the journey is embedded into Persico’s own body of work – a series of delicate line drawings that appear on small individual sheets of thin Hotel headed notepaper.

Annabel Tilley, The Inexorable Rise of Drawing, pg. 7