By emma harding, Dec 31 2018 09:08AM
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small order photos was a project dedicated to kitchen and food waste. It takes place sink side in my kitchen.
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I have a piece of work in this splendid AOI exhibition.
At theprintspace gallery, London E2
28 Nov - 10 Dec
9am - 7pm (Mon - Fri)
I am in love with the collected short stories of Vladimir Nabokov.
The Reunion is about two brothers, Lev and Serafim, who meet after ten years yet cannot address the real issue of their separation. They talk around the houses avoiding the fundamental divide; the extreme politics of their motherland and their very different allegiances.
At one point Serafim seems to allegorize their situation and missed opportunity perfectly: Before a magnetic field is formed... "There exists a so-called electric field. Its lines of force are situated in planes that pass through a so-called vibrator. Note that, according to Farraday's teachings, a magnetic line appears as a closed circle, while an electric one is always open."
Magnetic attraction. Electrically shorted.
Mixed media pieces being framed for 'Winter Exhibition' at The New Ashgate Gallery.
Group show on until 10th Nov - 5th Jan 2019
'All She Had Never Done' my title taken from a line in the short story.
Illustration for James Salter short story called My Lord You from the book Last Night
The Race of the Patient Motorcyclists
"In this race, it is not the swiftest who wins, but the slowest. At first it would seem easy to be the slowest of the motorcyclists, but it is not easy, because it is not in the temperament of a motorcyclist to be slow or patient."
Another of my illustrations for a short story by Lydia Davis. From the book: The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis.
Lydia Davis is one of my favourite short story writers. The worlds she creates are so paradoxical; small yet expansive and always facing inwards in several directions. They have a certain shock value of being human in a strange and difficult to fathom existence. My sort of thing.
This illustration is one of several I'm working on. The story is called City Employment and captures a moment of bizarre clarity about what is happening. Like a lot of Lydia Davis short stories this one is perplexed by the madness of control, and how the city can seem isolating, yet in so few words manages to embody what it is to be absolutely sane.
These are new images for my portfolio.
Lydia Davis works I have read:
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis - sheer genius, mesmeric story telling with eye splitting subtle humour.
The End of the Story - a novel - I believe this is her only novel. Hard to describe how good this book is because I have only read it once and it will need more readings, but it sort of folds in on itself at the end, like all along she has been showing you something very important and overlooked and there it is (I did say it was hard to describe). It is a deeply insightful and psychologically enlightened book. Not escapism... no Killing Eve action here but hugely powerful writing about attachment, love, folly.
A weird little story of mine published a while ago: read it here
Will get around to illustrating it one day...
And sometimes invisible, without material gain... apart from the obvious visual evidence of a picture.
'Sailing Through The Forest of Regulated Doubt', aptly titled drawing is finished. Here it is.