Watercolour wash and white ink, 84 cm x 62 cm.
By the time you’ve read this sentence three people have been born into the world. By the time you’ve read this sentence two will have passed away. Birthday is a work which sets out to record every individual birth and death over a twelve-hour period. Initially imagined to be realised in real time, marking the beat of each life with a small circle. It soon became apparent it is impossible to keep up with real time events and it takes months to graphically capture 12 hours of births and deaths.
Birthday - white ink on black watercolour wash
Death - pencil drawing on watercolour wash
Presented here is an ongoing exploration of Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ and Ruth Padel’s ‘Darwin, A Life In Poems’.
I initially separated the text of these two books into nouns verbs, adjectives & other. I wanted to present a visual map of how a scientist and a poet use language – a look at how much each author used real world names (Nouns) and more abstract terminology (Verb, Adjective and Other) in their writings.