Alex Appleby’s practice interrogates the line, exploring the endless potential of a single line, and more currently a collection of gestural marks layered together. This originates in contemplating the line and its power to act both as a gap and a bridge, a negative and a positive, a constant shift, together with examining Derridean ideology to further explore the capability of the trace. Appleby regards her practice drawing as an expanded activity, often combining multiple methods of making: printing, painting, digital and film photography, and traditional drawing methods. Recently Appleby has taken a more gestural, large-scale, monochromatic approach, followed by cutting up and rearranging the drawings into series. Through examining the way in which the process-driven work communicates it is apparent that two opposing strategies are at play, expressive marking on the surface versus grid-like compositions, operating as opposing dichotomies. Here her interest lies in the conversation of the energetic that when combined with order and seriality creates a structure that establishes sense in the chaos.