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vignette /noun/

a brief evocative description, account, or episode

a small illustration which fades into its background without a definite border

a small ornamental design filling a space in a book or carving, typically based on foliage


A vignette is like a little window, a glimpse into a scene through a decorated frame. You know that on the other side, the picture extends in all directions, but you can only see what the frame allows; you must fill in the rest for yourself.


This is how I like to tell stories and make images.




To tell a story is always to invoke ghosts, to open a space through which something other returns...

All stories are, more or less, ghost stories. (Julian Wolfreys)


To form an image is always to shape ghosts, to create an impression or a reception of something else. A printed image, like a ghost, is an impression of something else that was lost in the making of its spectre. Art and fiction are always spectral, hauntological, neither dead nor alive.




Like all stories, my vignettes are ghost stories, about the ways in which an idealised version of the past haunts our presence and our reality.

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