3: Text and Image (August 2019)

This part of the course explores the dynamics of text and image:

  • how text and image combine to create narratives and meanings
  • the ways in which visual communicators author such content
  • the role an author has in reading it.

In terms of content I look at what might be meant by ‘alternative documentary’ in the light of discussions around walking and psychogeography. Linking with my interest in ‘feminist gaze’, it considers what difference my gender might make to what I see, what I drawn and how I draw it.  I am also interested in the role of individual subjective perspectives, perception and imagination in ‘documenting’ reality and communicating a message and how ‘real’ and ‘fake/imagined’ can be visually combined or distinguished.

It will continue my consideration of selection and treatment of what I draw and how I draw it in relation to both ‘visible’ and ‘invisible’ dimensions of:

  • Whose place?different perspectives and interests. Looking particularly at what might be meant by ‘the female gaze’ and ‘multiculturalism’
  • When place?places change over time – even over a few seconds short term, long term, historical perspective and layers – St Ives has a long and often turbulent history connected to fishing, mining and smuggling
  • Subjective perspectives:exploration and deepening understanding over time and ways in which other people have translated what they see into images, including St Ives artists
  • Imagination: how I want things to be and why. Selective erasure (eg cars and rubbish bins). Simplification and expressive representation.

It will explore different ways of visually representing the visible reality compared to an ‘invisible’ history and my own imagination.

Following the skills priorities indicated in my personal statement the images will focus on:

  • dynamic pencil, ink, crayon and wash style drawing from life, based on illustrators and cartoonists like Gerald Scarfe and Ronald Searle and masters of crayon drawing like Raymond Briggs.
  • simplification of the image as surreal and/or poignant images like the work of Alessandro Gottardo and David Shrigley.
  • oil pastel and pastel combinations in more ‘angry’ styles of artists like Michel Basquiat
  • translation of some of the images into fine art printmaking inspired by work of St Ives artists, illustrators and printmakers.

I will continue to explore and experiment with ways that style and technique affect the interpretations given to the same text and vice versa.

Project 3.1 Visual Dynamics: ‘St Ives’ revisited

Starts by producing new iPad images with text based on earlier drawings, photographs and prints from Illustration 1 and Printmaking 1 .

Project 3.2 Finding texts: ‘To the Lighthouse’

Experiments with illustrating a number of literary sources on St Ives:

  • Virginia Woolf ‘To the Lighthouse’
  • Diaries and works of Barbara Hepworth and other St Ives artists
  • Tourist guides
  • Botanical and geographical books on Cornwall

Project 3.3 Walking St Ives – Diaries 2019

Produces a sketchbook diary of pencil, ink and crayon sketches from life from forthcoming holidays in St Ives.

Assignment 3: ‘A Very ‘English’ Holiday’

A reworking of selected images and my own text as a humorous/semi-serious look at life and tourism in St Ives and the idea of ‘Englishness’ – particularly in the context of Brexit.