During my month long residency at DRAW international, I completed five large drawings, all charcoal and graphite on paper.

During one of my walks, I saw barbed wired embedded in a tree. It made me think about man-made intrusions to nature with barriers and boundaries. The contrast of the cold metal with the warm wood also suggested conflict, while the texture of the tree bark implies flesh struggling with its adversary.

These drawings reflect my explorations of texture and the sensation of touch during the drawing process. The conflict I observed between natural and made-made surfaces provided the catalyst for that exploration.

Shoup Rope Tangle

Rope Tangle

Shoup Big Knot Detail

Big Knot

Shoup Entre Deux Detail

Entre Deux (detail)

Shoup Entre Deux

Entre Deux

Shoup Flight

Flight

Shoup Rope Tangle Detail

Rope Tangle (detail)

Shoup Tree and Wire 3

Tree and Wire

Shoup Tree and Wire Detail 1

Tree and Wire (detail)