In Depth Interview with Junction 47
charcoal and street dirt on primed paper
122 x 240 cm
This particular drawing by Kate Downie depicts an un-named junction in Edinburgh. I found this drawing to be interesting as Downie focuses on an aspect of the world that we all overlook – a traffic junction – and treats it like a motion drawing.
I found the intangibility of this drawing fascinating; the scene lacks figures but the dense and blurred sections suggest remains of the bustling urban life that had passed over the junction before. The vague mapping of the public’s movements is balanced with fine lines that have been applied to suggest the structure of the buildings.
In addition, her drawing not only represents an area but conveys a wider experience of it. Downie isn’t interested in representing the junction accurately, but instead to look at the process of layering with both subtle and strong mark-making.