Winchester School of Art
Winchester School of Art
I attended the University of Southampton's WSA for a time studying various modes of Graphic Art: Illustration, Graphic Design, Photography and Motion Graphics. Work produced whilst in attendance includes a selection of photography and illustration, essays on semiotics, a zine dedicated to raising awareness of the current global affairs issue of Human Trafficking (making use of data visualisation, my work at CIJ, and our Q+A conference with UN whistleblower Kathryn Bolkovac) and narrative collages based on retrofuturism and appropriation.
Stellar Colonization Serenade, 2012-Present
Collage, Creative Commons, Narrative, Illustration, PHOTOGRAPHY
The Last Voyage of the Mellifera, 2012
COLLAGE, CREATIVE COMMONS, NARRATIVE, ILLUSTRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY
Views of the British Museum, 2012
A series of postcard designs in response to a live brief set by The British Museum, completed whilst in attendance of University of Southampton. I choose to select a number of the more recognisable and more interesting artefacts on display at the museum for illustration and depiction in my submissions. The postcards, to be sold at the Museum shops, I understood should simultaneously serve to function as a mementos of one's visit as well as an advertisement for return visits and new customers who might see or receive such a postcard. Furthermore, I set out to create small artistic tchotchke, pretty to look at in their own right so as to incite prominent display and greater inspection (and drive interest).
Of my submissions below, three were selected for sale alongside the submitted work of other artists, two of which were hand-drawn illustrations — the simplistic, yet detailed illustration of The Rosetta Stone, and the pointillist depiction of a bust of the goddess Athena — and the other a photograph taken in the stairwell up to the The Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries on the top floor.
DATA ANALYSIS, DATA VISUALISATION, GRAPHIC DESIGN, ILLUSTRATION, PUBLICATION, RESEARCH PROJECT, WRITING
Pages unfold in the Data Journalism and Visualisation editorial to accommodate the magnitude of the issue depicted. A chalk marked tagged word bubble only scratches the surface, yet sets the tone. 800 small visualised human figures follow, only one of which is highlighted as the mere 1 in every 800 traffickers who is brought to justice as a result of failing to consider the phenomenon's global significance. Statistic realities follow, depicted as simple graphs.
Finally, the editorial takes a turn for the conceptual as its pages literally unfold to reveal a 1.2 million point dot matrix. The words slowly illuminate their true nature: 1.2 million tiny human figures, reduced in such significance by rhetoric. Chillingly, the editorial reveals on its final page, each of these represents one of the 1.2 million child victims trafficked every year: people literally mere specks on the canvas of a global scourge.
The third and final editorial shows the British domestic audience, so often ignorant of its relevance and scope, that 'This Crime Is Not Exotic'. Creating an analytic Internet Data Scraper to collect and compile all government, police press releases and news reports of trafficking in, around and concerning the United Kingdom.
In response, the findings are visualised on a map depicting all the UK Constabulary constituencies, with those coloured red as effected and those in grey as unaffected by human trafficking. None are left unturned in the sea of red; no British or Northern Ireland locality is untouched. Human Trafficking is everywhere. A digital web version of this map was created, with each of the constituency nodes curated and hyperlinked to the URL of one of those Data Scraped reports, as proof of the bitter assertion and reality.
Tasked with considering a global issue or cultural phenomenon or event in the form of a publication, I self-published Manifest. Appropriating the style and voice inspired by news periodicals such as New Statesman, The Spectator or Prospect, my subject would be Human Trafficking — a major global scourge so often overlooked in the wider media and political landscape.
I used data visualisation and analysis to investigate and raise awareness for human trafficking. Designed to present the harrowingly inhumane phenomenon, detail relayed by experts and victims was juxtaposed against the cold hard figures graphically represented so as to literally (and ironically) reduce these dehumanised victims to mere, shockingly considerable, numbers.
The glossy short form magazine, professionally printed and perfect-bound, opens with a striking painted cover, contents and an introduction to the blockbuster subject at hand. What follows is a detailed academic and journalistic report of the then current state of Human Trafficking on the world stage, collating data and detail from government and charitable organisation reports, media discourse and police reports.
Sections of an interview with UN whistleblower Kathryn Bolkovac, whom I met in conjunction with my professional duties at the 2012 London Investigative Film Festival, were also included both in the main text and across the interior imagery, to drive home the importance of human experience and the inhumane suffering at the hands of traffickers.