This is some of my sketchbook work and finished pieces for the curiosities project a few months back.
‘Showing our escalating reliance, obsession and inescapable attachment to technology, as well as highlighting our taking of it for granted; I aim in an engaging and fun set of drawings and prints to show historical figures using gadgets, in a way that questions some of our 21st century habits.’
Technology has invaded almost every aspect of our lives… The Grandparent aged quote ‘how do you think we managed in our day’ rings around my head. And it’s a fair question, in an age where we go for a walk in the country and think about taking the perfect instagram snap.
Obviously this complete immersion is only a product of the past 15-20 years… Almost my entire life-span. For my generation our childhoods only just escaped the technology takeover of social networks, immersive game systems and smart phones. I was lucky enough to scrape a childhood of den building and river swimming. My teenage years were not so lucky, and I have genuine concern for the young people of the future.
For future generations it may be difficult to imagine a world without technology, themselves assuming that phones and computers have always existed if they aren’t told otherwise. it is this point that I want to explore.
Of course I must consider the helpful elements of technology as well. Examples include our ability to travel further and faster than any of our predecessors, whether by plane, bus, boat or train or even in the comfort of our own cars; Advances in medical equipment have improved the lives of countless people who might not have had much of a chance in life without; and we’re connected like never before with the Internet.
Showing our escalating reliance, obsession and inescapable attachment to technology, as well as highlighting our taking of it for granted; I aim in an engaging and fun set of drawings and prints to show historical figures using gadgets, in a way that questions some of our 21st century habits.
Since I was a child I have been fascinated with ancient and medieval history and throughout the term I have been listening to The History Of Rome whilst I work, a fantastic podcast series that I highly recommend.
More often I am using digital elements to tweak my work.
One of my favourite concepts is the combining of historical figures and technological gadgets. In this case a Celtic Warrior clambers out of my iPad screen.
Although no different in the use of line drawing, this is the piece I’m most proud of so far in the project. I have taken a concept (combining history and tech), applied it to a specific idea (listening to history podcasts via my iPad) and executed it successfully combining relevant reference material.
I started the project by focussing on what I spend a lot of my time doing, playing bass. I was glad to be working with a theme that I was able to chose myself and have more control over than the previous two projects.
In this first stage I decided that wanted my work to largely consist of line-drawings. I also planned for the work to be figurative, as this is what I strive for. I enjoyed the freedom of using a larger A3 sketchbook.
After these initial drawings I felt committed to the project and got stuck in.