The MA in illustration and authorial practice is proving to be a fantastic experience on many levels, not least the way it is feeding into my current working practice. I am particularly interested in sequential narratives in the form of graphic novels and comics as a way of moving a step further from the notion of the primacy of words alone. In my first essay I illustrated and bound it as a 48pp book called ‘It’s about time’. I looked at the slowing down of action, what happens when nothing happens, the films of Roy Andersson, the illustrator Tom Gauld and the controversial philosopher Martin Heidegger.
I’m currently working on a project based on the experience of an El Salvadorian fisherman who was lost at sea for 438 days, something I hope to turn into a larger graphic novel. The setting and situation he found himself in are ideal for magnifying the Sisyphean task of being human.