We all send postcard, who doesn’t? They show the value and care that the one person is thinking of you – holds something quite treasurable. A name we should all be on the look-out for this coming year, Rhiannon Parnis. Through her Instagram and Twitter accounts you can also follow in the footsteps of Rhiannon – watch this space!
This current body of work I have been working on for my degree, ‘Postcard Narratives’ explores the idea of mysterious, hidden narratives being found in the everyday, and is about looking closer to find intrigue in the ordinary or mundane.
For this particular project, my process has been to look closely at old, second-hand postcards and pick out certain things that could have a story built around them. Once I find something that inspires a story I digitally crop these areas and arrange them together with crops from other postcards, along with painted elements. This is created in such a way that implies that there is something more happening than the original postcards suggest.
I make use of painting to continue the story from bridging the gaps between crops; to also speculate what may have happened before and after the moment the postcard was captured. By combining both the painting and crops of postcards in my work there would be a sense of fact and fiction blurring together.
With paintings I usually start working on an idea in my sketchbook through sketching and painting thumbnails and doing colour palette tests, then I move on to painting lots of different options for final images on loose paper, or sometimes I will even go straight into painting potential final images to keep the spontaneity that occurs in preparatory work and original thumbnails.
So far the outcomes of this project have been three postcard-sized, wordless graphic novel concertina books. The titles of these ‘’Having A Lovely Time Here” “Can’t Write Any More, Bus Waiting” and “We Are Staying Here Until Thursday Night”’ were taken from the backs of other, completely unrelated postcards.