Two aspects in particular inspired this project; dreams and memories. I wouldn't say the drawings are about dreams, but rather they're abstractions that are meant to confuse. I wanted to create something that makes the viewer think and probably feel what I had felt and maybe achieve an instant connection.
During the past few years, I have developed bad habits that I'd like to think of as black stains. The use of black ink made the painting part feel more like I'm letting out something that I simply couldn't say in words. I wanted to take things back to where they're supposed to be, so as a person, I wanted to convince myself that it's time for a change.
I intentionally worked on these drawings late at night, because it's the time when I'm usually by myself and I can set up the right mood for it without interruptions. I also listened to all kinds of music that evoked my senses and kept me going. Shadow is one element that I would consider as a link between reality and illusion. I think it created the contrast I wanted to convey and reflect lucidly.
Nine was the perfect title for this project because as I said I wanted to metaphorically squeeze out a poison that filled my body from all nine openings. Yet, each drawing has a relation to its number.