Just finished the two ‘interactive sketchbooks‘ for this year’s Jerwood Drawing prize. One of them is the drawings I did at Omaha beach in Normandy, the other a collection of cloud studies from Essex and Alaska. I wanted to do more than put a sketchbook in a glass box.
Interactive is a horrible word, and only needed because we all spent too long staring at monitors. We didn’t need that word when we handled books and bits of paper. Sketchbooks are the hardest to share and display, which is a shame because they record the most direct, immediate and committed work I do. I’ve always resented having to display work on paper behind glass, because you lose touch with the work. You lose sight of the work too, particularly of that surface which is so rich to work on and to look at. So, with a lot of help from Melvyn Barker
we made a display that combines a safe place for the sketchbooks and a smaller handling version which people can touch.
No pictures yet of the final things, waiting for the results of the Jerwood. I’m not holding my breath – had a double rejection from the Threadneedle Prize last week for the Normandy landscape and the Ourselves 7 portrait of Andrew. As my wise friend Claudia Böse said “each rejection nears us success! (80 rejections: 1 winner: equation)”