Nina Chua

I make drawings that are determined by the capacities and constraints of the materials and tools that I use. Since 2011 I have predominately been working with marker pen on paper. Each series of drawings explores a different nuance in the process, for example the amount of ink in a marker pen, the permeability of cheap A4 or the resilience of paper pulled from a roll.

The drawings are abstract dealing with line, colour and form. They are often made up of straight lines or scribbles drawn repeatedly to cover the surface of the paper. Marker pen is an unforgiving medium and marks cannot be erased or reworked. Every slip of the hand and lapse of control is visible and the process of its making is fully revealed in the drawing. The transparency of the visual information and the accumulative quality of the marks convey a sense of time spent, through the gradual application of line after line.