The work is based on my collection of second hand 'Self help' books. I specifically search out books in which lines or passages of text have been highlighted or underlined by the original owner. The work explores the desire of individuals to reclaim control of different aspects of their life, be it to loose weight, beat depression or to achieve contentment in life. The desire to change a trait is the expression of a wish to have more control over day to day existences. For some this desire manifests itself in turning to these books in search of inspirational advice and methodologies to aid achieving these goals . My attention is drawn to the first thing they marked. The work is an exploration of this primary act, the making of a visual aid memoir, the first inspirational step to regain control.
Black ball point pen ink and white gouache on paper.