Gerestein makes works on paper. She joins other contemporary artists who consider drawing to be a primary medium worthy of major artworks. By generating drawings of considerable physical size she amplifies the attributes of figuration often referring to the distorted details of the human form.
By using her own body imprints she has released herself from her former constraints and reliance on photos and grids. The new work is made by the most direct and dynamic action of mark making, motion gestures and incidental pile-ups in graphite.
By using her body as a drawing tool with delicately rendered enhancements she has been able to “inhabit” the drawings with unusual evocative effect.