I had the pleasure of curating this set of images for The Literary Consultancy’s Writers’ Day. My main criteria was creativity – images that will act as a catalyst for your imagination.
For those of you who managed to pick-up a postcard or two at the event, I hope that you’ll enjoy them as a writing prompt, or send them to a fellow writer. If you didn’t attend the event but would like to have a set of postcards, do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Tu Casa Es Mi Casa by Alessandra Ferrini
‘Your Home Is My Home’ originates from a photographic album containing the disregarded memories of an Italian immigrant, which was found in an abandoned house in London. Covering a period between the 1940s and the end of the century, they paint the portrait of a rather lonely and isolated woman. On the other hand, these images are testimony to a very independent woman, who exhibited a marked pride towards her most valuable possession: her home. What they prompt is a reflection upon the way dwellings and ownership can trigger a sense of belonging. Given my perceived connection to this woman, I became an intruder in her life, replicating those images that best exemplified her relation to her home and by subsequently introducing them within her album. Through disguise, I metaphorically appropriated her sense of belonging, in a bid of feeling ‘at home’ through her and her photographs.
Alessandra Ferrini is a visual artist and researcher, co-founding director of Mnemoscape online magazine, research and curatorial platform.
2. Srecko, Off The Sofa by Jantien Abma
Srecko turned off his tv and went outside. He pulled on his trousers, flew into a rage at his socks and put on his shoes. Outside the air is fresh and bright and the sun beats down, warming his skin. But he wishes he was inside, watching tv.
3. Black Crow by Yen Ooi
This illustration was first created as an accompaniment to a poem titled ‘Death’ in my latest book, A Suspicious Collection. The concept for the image came from the common connection made between crows and death that stemmed from their strange behaviour around their dead (representing some sort of a funeral ritual). Using the background colour of black, I was able to sketch the outline of the crow in white, inviting the reference to doves, which represent peace. Together, the image alludes to the peace that death brings to its victim, as opposed to the distress that it causes to those left behind.
4. Peonies by Yen Ooi
This enhanced photograph of a vase of unbloomed peonies bring about a certain sense of surrealism in its setting. They appear to be floating in a never-ending white space, their flower buds implying at the future that can be, a future of full blooms that is supported by the lush green leaves that when described through words in poetry, could traditionally symbolise ambition and greed.
5. Into The Woods by Deborah Tung
This artwork is part of an ongoing series of illustrations called ‘Into The Woods’. The inspiration behind this piece is based on a simple story of innocence and adventure: A young girl sets out into the woods and gets lost. The woods is a scary place and she embarks on a journey of overcoming her fears and self-discovery. It’s a little abstract, but in hindsight I think it stands as a metaphor for young people who are simply trying to find their place in the world.
Debbie Tung is a cartoonist, illustrator and programmer; posts weekly comics on her blog (wheresmybubble.tumblr.com), zine maker, book and tea lover.