As a mark maker Rod lies within a tradition of drawing and recording his experience of the world, his travels, relationships and sense of self.
The choice of materials evolved through this journey. His desire to maintain a strong integrity within his work directed him to learn the recipes for gesso (this was not taught on a sculpture degree) where he found the physical, tactile, step-by-step method reassuring – it was a nod to his “maker” roots as he felt he could truly construct his works. Continued research into the history of mark-making pointed to an honesty that he chose to draw with. The pigments became purer: Indian or Chinese ink (that he often grinds himself), graphite, charcoal dust, mixed with a binder of either water, oil, egg or rice paste starch. He says; “I wanted as much control of the provenance of the materials as I could get.”