3: Text and Image: Aldeburgh Edges (September 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 audience has in reading it.

This set of projects extend earlier work on Aldeburgh in Illustration 2:

Edge 1: Aldeburgh

There are two outputs from this project, each in a range of software and formats:

The project aims to develop and examine different ways of communicating ‘place’. And respond to a key skill area I identified for development: watercolour, gouache and ink drawing and painting. Looking at the range of styles and the ways in which these affect interpretation of the image. And starting to develop my own approach to these media, building on earlier work for an OCA Certificate in Painting that has not so far been followed through in my illustration work in any significant way.

It will continue my consideration of what might be meant by ‘alternative documentary’ in the light of discussions around walking and psychogeography and 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 – Aldeburgh has a long and colourful history going back to Roman times
  • Subjective perspectives: exploration and deepening understanding over time and ways in which other people have translated what they see into images, including East Anglian artists
  • Imagination: how I want things to be and why. Selective erasure (eg cars and rubbish bins). Simplification and expressive representation.

In this assignment I am particularly 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. 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. It will explore different ways of visually representing the visible reality compared to an ‘invisible’ history and my own imagination.

I will continue to explore and experiment with ways that style and technique affect the interpretations given to the same text and vice versa. In particular comparing what can be done on the iPad compared to Photoshop and Illustrator.

Project 3.1 Visual Dynamics: Textures of Aldeburgh

Starts by producing new iPad ‘imagined images’ from Aldeburgh textures with text, extending earlier iPad work for ‘Illustration 2: From the Edge’ .

Project 3.2 Finding texts: ‘Moot Tales’

Further develops Project 3.1 further exploring the potential of Aldeburgh textures to illustrate historical and literary texts about Aldeburgh :

  • Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes
  • Crabbe: The Brough
  • Wild Man of Orford
  • History books and memoirs

Project 3.3 ‘A Very English Holiday’

Produces a series of humorous collages and iPad images from my photographs of people enjoying themselves in Aldeburgh.

Assignment 3: Aldeburgh Ramblings

A bringing together of the above together with new images and my own diary text as a humorous/semi-serious look at life, art and tourism in Aldeburgh. Looking particularly at ideas of ‘Englishness’ – particularly in the context of Brexit.

It is envisaged that these materials will be further developed in Assignment 5 as:

  • a book ‘Aldeburgh Ramblings’ for the tourist market
  • selected ‘Moot Tales’ animated in After Effects on a You Tube channel
  • ‘Wish You Were Here’ fine art prints and cards for the tourist market
  • selected photographs and iPad drawings uploaded to stock image and social network sites