Upcoming events & Most Recent work

 
 

What: Event - #MuseumWeek 2019

Where: @RNGherb (Herbarium RNG, Reading, UK)

When: 13-19 May 2019

For Museum Week 2019, I’ll be back in one of my SciArt spiritual homes, Herbarium RNG in Reading. I’ll be recording audio pieces about what a herbarium is, sharing behind the scenes images of making art in scientific collections, and staging a takeover with Dr Maria Christodoulou for #SecretsMW. We’ll be digging up human and historical stories from the cabinets, as well as our favourite specimens. I’ll also be repping #DisabledInSTEM and #NonbinaryInSTEM! So drop by @RNGherb’s twitter feed for more.

Audio mini-episodes;

Mini-pod 1; Dr Maria Christodoulou on why she loves the herbarium

Mini-pod 2; Dr Immy Smith on why they love the herbarium

Mini-pod 3; Dr Maria Christodoulou on how she uses the herbarium in her scientific work

Mini-pod 4; Dr Immy Smith on how they use the herbarium for SciArt work

 

What: Recent work

Project; The Little Things Add Up (TLTAU)

Description; TLTAU is an ongoing project, drawing small ableist things people say or do to disabled people as Morse code spirals. Spirals are collated at intervals, to show how small things add up to a weight of everyday ableism. Morse code drawing method details - Project page

 

Crowdfunded project; Insecta Deck

***Pre-orders now open!***

Thanks so much to the many backers who pledged for the Insecta deck Kickstarter to bring my next fully illustrated poker deck to life. The deck will be printed by Cartamundi UK, and you can find more info on the planned print & shipping schedule on the Kickstarter campaign page. You can pre-order the deck, uncut sheet, and artbook here.

Insecta takes four taxonomic orders of insects, and turns them into the playing card suits. It imagines what would happen if these creatures formed a symbiotic relationship with card players, carrying different suit symbols in exchange for a safe new habitat on card tables. The project includes a limited edition artbook describing each imaginary species, its behaviour, and its relationships with card players and other insects.

Designs from my next entomological poker deck, where different taxonomic orders of insects carry suit symbols
 

What: Recent work

Illustration practice: insects

Refreshing my skills for drawing non-imaginary insects, after drawing 241 imaginary species of insect for my Insecta Deck. An eye for the real (as well as the unreal) is a skill - and like any other, you have to practice. Use it or lose it!

 
Tables in a gallery workshop area, where a lichen themed sciart workshop is happening; participants are drawing and painting, and there are large trays of lichen coated twigs on the tables

Workshop: Investigating Insects

When: Saturday 9th March, 11am - 1pm

Where: aspex gallery, Portsmouth

Description: British Science Week is coming up & that means; sciart! Join me and fellow artist Jordan Baines to see insects down the microscope, and invent your own imaginary insects to inhabit the gallery. Get up close with a magnifier to the world’s most beautiful moth, and collage your own creatures from your imagination.

Drop in, no booking necessary, family activities suitable for all ages. Venue is wheelchair accessible, call to reserve disabled parking.

 

Project; Insecta Deck

***INSECTA KICKSTARTER IS LIVE***

Back the project to get my my latest playing card deck of 56 intricate hand-drawn card designs. Insecta takes four taxonomic orders of insects, and turns them into the playing card suits, imagining what would happen if these creatures formed a symbiotic relationship with card players.

Designs from my next entomological poker deck, where different taxonomic orders of insects carry suit symbols
 

Project; Secret Generations

Description; imaginary species of animals drawn over abstract and generative ink patterns

This piece is an experiment for an upcoming project called ‘Secret Generations’, which explores how life in the Anthropocene epoch might evolve to hide on human made art.

 

Project; Passages & Episodes

Description; ‘Chronic Pain, Night Sky’ (initial phase - physical collage) - an array of mixed media tiles, each with fragments of collage sentences cut from old/out of print medical and astronomy texts, and found paper. The tiles are made from hand-dyed card from my collaborator Scott Mantooth (USA)

This project is in its initial phases, and explores mental and physical chronic illness. One of the primary aims is to produce arrays that are available online in an interactive format where tiles can be dragged and dropped, as well as on the form of physical installations.

 

Experiment; Combining repetitive ink patterns with threads of Morse code drawing

Description; generative ink patterns based on an 11 x 11 cell grid, incorporating multiple threads of repetitive phrases that are translated into Morse code and marked within elements of the pattern

If these patterns prove anything, it’s that every kind of abstract/pattern work I do at the moment turns into generative drawing eventually…

 

Project; Insecta Deck

Description; The final designs now being made for my 2nd poker deck

My next playing card deck takes four taxonomic orders of insects, and turns them into the playing card suits, imagining what would happen if these creatures formed a symbiotic relationship with card players.

 

Project; Passages & Episodes

Description; ‘49 maps of disability body politics, made while moving’ - an array of mixed media tiles, partially made during physiotherapy exercises. The tiles are made from hand-dyed card from my collaborator Scott Mantooth (USA)

This project is in its initial phases, and explores mental and physical chronic illness. One of the primary aims is to produce arrays that are available online in an interactive format where tiles can be dragged and dropped, as well as on the form of physical installations.