Another interesting collaboration, this time between creative people living on opposite sides of the world. Newcastle based artist Tallulah Cunningham and London based writer Rick Kellum are working on an illuminated manuscript featuring extracts from Rick's short story Aiken and the Dream Islands. Here's some pictures from Tallulah's studio:
expresses sympathy for the 'witch'. And so I have addressed the narrative with a 'what if' approach...'
'Usually these images are dark and unsettling - just how I like them to be. That's why I have been drawn to traditional "unchristianised" folk tales. Illustrating traditional folk tales and 'fairy' tales lets me tap into Jungian archetypes and archetypal emotions that have permeated mankind's subconsciousness since he/she began to think. Often modern man feels above these emotions. He forgets that his modern apartment is still a cave, and that when the electrical lights are off, the night is full of strange creatures'.
By printing on kitchen paper towel, romance is placed back into the context of everyday life. Fantasy meets reality. The disposable low-grade material of paper towel also suggests that these books are cheap and easy with a limited shelf life. The stories roll off one after the other and serve the duel purpose of a quick easy read before cleaning up, after which they can be instantly pulped and thrown into the kitchen tidy.
The frightening thing is, that this work represents an idea that is almost marketable'.
'The work underlines the complexity of roles women perform as mothers, sisters, wives and girlfriends on a daily basis, also highlighting that women are capable of vengeance, sensuality, grace, revenge and more. This poem reflects the complex representation and expectation of who we are as women in the 21st century. It simply a mythic story, sourced from ancient Greece, retold with relevance in a contemporary context'.