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‘Most of the figures in the Rooter drawings are caught within grids of lines that, from every direction, cut across and through them. These bodies are both light and solid, using the milk-based casein with soft brushstrokes; limbs and evocations of torso that are much darker than the grid-lines; and with right angles to mark joints. They are studies of metal work. Some of them, however, achieve the ambiguity and fluidity of the human condition in a way that reaches beyond the sculptures. This delicate use of wash on paper is a quiet but powerful evocation of what I see as the core idea of these drawings: we realise, deep in this body of ours, that we are and need to be both rooted and adrift.’

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