The body of works entitled Trash Drawings are closely related to the artist’s eponymous paintings. Here, black and white copies of the artist’s notes are individually framed; they can be displayed in tightly bunched horizontal lines and set as part of installations against the backdrop of black Trash Wallpaper.
The artistic gesture of defacing of destroying works is a recurring demonstration of autonomy when faced with an overwhelming systemic power, in this instance the hegemony of the art institutions and the market. It is an assertion that has its roots in the avant-garde under Modernism; it is especially current today as it extends artistic practice to incorporate a form of personal activism that trades aesthetic activity for political engagement. In the artist’s oeuvre, this ‘negative’ relationship with language can ultimately be seen as performative, since it promotes language as an action devised to usher in transformation or change.