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.
The element that links the three of my 100 drawings that I chose for this particular piece is that they all are urban skylines of various scales.
I knew that this would be the most challenging of the three triptychs, as I am the least familiar with lino- printing, the technique that I wanted to explore when creating the pieces. I did however learn the most from this technique…
first of all I had some linoleum ready to use but it was literally the type that’s used on kitchen floors, I quickly learnt the difference between that and the artist standard. Secondly I realised that it’s far easier to pre-plan a printing session in advance so as to be the most productive. Finally I learnt the actual processes behind cutting and then printing.
The right and left pieces were created using the floor lino whereas the middle panel was made using artist standard, straight away you can tell the difference in the quality of the print. The textured surface of the kitchen lino was difficult to cut and came out looking blemished, a blunder that I used (I think) to my advantage in that they look symmetrical as a triptych and add to the atmosphere and visual interest of the pieces.
I preferred both cutting and printing with the better lino however as it wasn’t so difficult to cut and you have more control over how the piece will turn out.
I do plan to explore further with lino as a medium and although I’m not particularly proud of how these pieces turned out, I think the exercise was a success due to the amount I learnt from it.
We were set the task of creating 100 A6 drawings, with the limitations of using only black, white and grey; the use of only line and that they had to be observational and drawn quickly. The purpose was to get into a regular pattern of work and to begin training our brains to look more carefully at the world around us.
Here are my drawings:
Parts of the task were tedious but overall I found it useful and enjoyable, particularly the processes used. Certain drawings were carefully considered and executed whereas others were more intuitive and care-free, the type of media used often reflected the mood. Most of the 100 are unusable (as was expected) but there are a few I want to take and use for the next project, diptychs.