On Monday the 19th of October I was issued a brief entitled ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ a theme which will be explored and developed over a five week period completing on the 20th of November.
This practical project involves me exploring character, metaphor, time and narrative perspectives.
“What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street,
but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains.” Tennessee WILIAMS , A Streetcar Named Desire
The illustrator as a dramatist: this project explores a single play text, A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams (stage play 1947, film dir. Elia Kazan 1951). Across five weeks I will explore character and metaphor through personification, the passing of time and narrative perspectives.
I will explore relationships between characters in dramatic situations and space, and the layers of interaction between them. I will be continuing to develop, apply and reflect on what I have learnt about the relationships between words and images, between words and colour, drawing from first-hand observation and conversations about my work. The project touches on re-casting Cardiff and Liverpool as late 1940’s New Orleans.
I will be creating a body of work in response to the Streetcar text and film, through research, practical workshops, studio development and my blog. I am invited to create a personal response to the text, to be presented and discussed at a Critique tutorial on the 16th & 17th of November. Which will be in the form of a narrative sequence of scanned, printed or photographed images, consisting of missing scenes and hidden perspectives in the story.
The purpose of this work is to explore and communicate ideas in the script, the concept of personification, narrative time and perspective.
The brief requires the delivery of my finished narrative sequence and supporting development work, with illustrated blog accounts of my process.
Rules & Guidelines:
- Explore the sounds of the period: listen to blues piano from the 1940’s – 1950’s. Use this to help my work get into a rhythm and to extend my sense of mood: remember that using one medium in different ways can be more rewarding than chopping and changing media.
- Draw from first-hand observation: I can use other people’s photographs for inspiration but do not copy directly from them.
- “Rule 7: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.” (Kent/Cage)
- Establish an active presence in the studio, library and other spaces on campus as often as possible.
- Consider everything as an experiment: devise your own rules and restrictions within the brief.
- Take the work seriously and enjoy yourself.
The Project Aims:
This work build on the previous short projects and is designed to help with the following:
- Identify and source research materials and undertake considered and imaginative experimentation employing a range of methodologies.
- Acquire practical and theoretical skills that enable creation of images within a safe working environment.
- Challenge and expand my own preconceived notions of what it means to illustrate.
- Develop the capacity to interpret visual stimuli and ideas through combinations of words and images.
- Manipulate ideas in a challenging, playful and creative manner.
- Be willing to engage with challenging philosophical and psychological ideas.
Happenings of Monday, 19th October:
As I was unwell on this day I missed out on the screening of the film ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ so I instead watched the film at home and made plenty of notes.