Monday, November 23, 2009
This is the result of a writer/artist collaboration for Tinderbox Network's second magazine entitled 'In These Shoes'. I illustrated a piece written by Evelyn Walsh (Text below)
"She sat for a while, looking and listening. It was thirty years since she had been to the city and it had changed, changed utterly. So many people, busy confident good looking people. She manoeuvred her wheelchair deeper into the bustling shopping centre and stopped at the window of the shoe shop, a single shoe on display, suspended in a way that made it look as if it was floating. It was shiny patent, deepest crimson red with a bowed front and a delicate spiked heel. They were beautiful. In these shoes she thought she might once again dance the tarantella. She watched her reflection in the plate glass window, an elderly overweight solitary figure fumbling beneath the chair for her purse. Her gnarled arthritic knuckles found the once shiny advertisement torn from a magazine, she opened it and laughed aloud. Yes! It was the coveted Jimmy Choos. Her heart pounded harder than it should. She briefly wondered was she having a heart attack. No matter. If she were to die they could bury her with the shoes on.
And we did."
Friday, November 13, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Storytelling is a Tinderbox Network group exhibition that explores the themes of narrative and ubiquitous human curiosity through urban legend, fairytale, folklore and more. Exhibiting tinderbox artists, illustrators and photographers are: Elida Maiques, Eoghan Carroll, Frances Tyrrell, Emma Rowe, Damien Martin, Noirin Collins, Michael Cawley, Lee Pitman, Michelle Cunningham, Jacqueline O’Neill, Seán McGarr, Gareth Foley and Claire Gallagher.
At thisisnotashop, Benburb Street, Dublin : 21-25th October 2009
Photographs of the exhibition can be seen here
My three pieces all surround the 1985 childrens film 'Return to Oz'. Its a dark sequel to The Wizard of Oz based on two books by L Frank Baum, 'Ozma of Oz' and 'The Marvelous Land of Oz'. It is set in the future where dorothy goes back to Oz. It has been destroyed and taken over & she has to save the people and their city. I love this film! It really reminds me of my childhood and its kind of scary but magical. I love designing with typography. Most of my work is typographical and when thinking of storytelling i thought of words & it would suit to use type as my medium.
Key to Oz; The key to oz is what dorothy finds on her farm and this summons her back to oz at the beginning of the story.
Emerald City; Is my version of the emerald city, a future version, a third version.
12; is the amount of times the wheelers (very scary humanoid dudes with wheels and wires hanging out of them) appear in the main chase scene with them and dorothy.
I was part of a group exhibition in Melbourne as part of the St Kilda Festival in February 2009. The brief was open, the only considerations were size (no more then 30 cm x 30 cm)
It was a great opportunity to show my work in a well-known exhibition in a major contemporary art space in Melbourne.