Abstract is arguably the opposite of figurative – when nothing reminds you of familiar objects; no referrals to bodies, faces,buildings, flowers, birds..
The above qualifies it as a merely impossible ground to play on, a fragile area to endure.
Even a simple line, vertical and thicker at the top,and thinner at the bottom end, brings associations of a human, passing at a distance. Add a dot, draw a tiny arch,a horizontal line..The narrative jumps on -sea shores, boats, lonely Noah, or Odysseus who is returning.
One of my drawings from the series “Motherhood” was exhibited in the group show ‘perspective of the figurative”, at 5th Base Gallery,Heneage St., in London, in May 2016.