After reading through the different briefs we were given for this project, I chose the one I felt I could relate the most with – Drawing Spaces / Telling Stories.
“Drawings made in situ, unlike documentary photography, capture minutes and hours as opposed to fractions of a second. Drawing on location allows artists and illustrators to closely study a subject from a first person perspective and to develop a better understanding of a place or the people in it from spending time there, looking and recording. This project asks you to tell a story (interpret this in your own way) of a location or a person through visual means.”
The brief provided us with a list of texts, works and artists that may be relevant to the subject and practice of this project. As per usual, I started out by researching the artists listed. Some of them I knew already, others were new to me. Still, all seemed to add something relevant to my research.
Lucinda Rogers is widely known as an illustrator of newspaper columns, though she also illustrates books and bookcovers. She is also known for her drawings of cities, particularly London and New York, and as a “reportage” artist, drawing directly from life. Rogers’ work is represented in many permanent collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, and her drawings of New York and London have been exhibited at the Oxo Tower on London’s South Bank.
George Shaw is an English contemporary artist who is noted for his suburban subject matter. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011.
Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French humanist photographer, considered a master of candid photography, and an early user of 35 mm film. He pioneered the genre of street photography, and viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment. His work has previously influenced many photographers.
David Rayson was born in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands and studied at Maidstone College of Art in Kent, the University of Bristol and undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art in London.
Francis Alÿs is a Belgian-born, Mexico-based artist. His work emerges in the interdisciplinary space of art, architecture, and social practice.
Alÿs contrasts geological and technological time through land-based and social practice that examine individual memory and collective mythology. Alÿs frequently engages rumor as a central theme in his practice, disseminating ephemeral, practice-based works through word-of-mouth and storytelling.
Eve Arnold was an American photojournalist. She was the first woman to join Magnum Photos agency in 1951, and became a full member in 1957.
She held characteristically trenchant views on the minority – and at times marginalised – status of female photojournalists, while being acutely aware of the role played by female stars as well as by unrecorded women the world over. Arnold not only befriended many of her subjects, including such greats as Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Isabella Rossellini and Dietrich, but increasingly wrote about them as well as photographing them.
Leah Fusco explores ideas in relation to landscape, people and time through contemporary illustration practice. Drawing on geographic and historic subject matter, she is interested in past, present and future stories that observe the shaping of communities by physical environment. More broadly, Leah is concerned with developing methods for visual storytelling through documentary narrative, with a focus on the role of drawing as a means of recording experience and readings of place.
Alongside her practice, Leah has lectured at several institutions, including University for the Creative Arts, Norwich University of the Arts, Falmouth University, Kingston University and the Royal College of Art.
Laura Oldfield Ford
Laura Oldfield is a British artist, writer and psychogeographer. Her work, in ballpoint pen, acrylic paintand spray paint, is politically motivated and focuses on British urban areas. Laura publishes a blog entitled Savage Messiah, which was also the name of the zine she published from 2005 to 2009.
Jeremy Deller is an English conceptual, video and installation artist. Much of Deller’s work is collaborative and has a strong political aspect. He won the Turner Prize in 2004, and in 2010 was awarded the Albert Medal of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA).
Deller is known for his Battle of Orgreave (2001), a reenactment of the actual Battle of Orgreave, which occurred during the UK miners’ strike in 1984, and for theWe’re Here Because We’re Here (2016). From 2007 to 2011, Deller served as a Trustee of the Tate Gallery.
Though I quite like photography, I tend to consider drawings more relevant to my projects, as that is often how I do my illustrations. Jeremy Deller’s animation caught my interest – I am thinking of doing more of those, as they seem to add some “life” to my drawings.