'Pam Brabants, an Australian artist living in London, mixes autobiography and fiction that is hard-boiled and heart-rending.'
Floating IP Gallery, Manchester
My pencil drawings have been described as cartoon observations. I take the perspective of narrator and throw the viewer into the trivial details, secret lives and phobias of various sub-cultures, social misfits and regular folk.
The events in my drawings are based on real people. There's a documentary element to them and I use humor and the language of comics as a way of talking about awkward subjects and playing with social taboos. I try to keep the information in the drawings to a minimum to enhance the sense that there are other things going on but the viewer may not be entirely sure what they are.
Three years ago I began making large scale drawings, each taking several months to complete. The result is that my work has two strands: alongside the obsessively rendered large pieces I am continuing to make needleworks, and smaller drawings, which then become part of self produced comic books.
At the core of all my work is the activity of drawing which is a very physical one for me and I want the intensity of my labour to be apparent to the audience.
I use Fabriano paper and masses of 3b, 6b and 8b pencils and a beautiful hand turning sharpener.