From the early 1980s Avis Newman has been associated with large mixed-media drawings on unstretched canvas, which have generally been pinned directly to the gallery walls for display. The images combine traces of recognisable elements, including human body parts, bird shapes and paleolithic symbols. The artist has described the title of this work as 'a thought concerning origination, the fundamentals of image making and the origins of memory. It was ironic in that origin is illusory, not actual or substantial. Retrieving
itis an impossible desire'.