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Art in the dark Rebecca Walker
Mon 5 December 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 GMT
The aim of Rebecca’s work is to explore and present in each drawing, her inner responses to the world in the form of a visual tableau. Each piece is a static slice of an untold story, containing both narrative and poetic elements. Her preferred medium for this is based on the traditional art technique of pen and ink—which is a genre that is well developed within, both the Western and Indian, art canons. Sometimes, she may change the type of pen, the colour of ink, the type of paper, or even enlarge the drawing up to a big print. However, even though the tools, equipment and technical strategies used are modern, the hand, eye and brain coordinate to work on the empty page in the same way as previous artists within this tradition.
Rebecca says, ‘’I aim for immediacy and speed of execution, but with a strongly determined and defined line. I use the contrast of black and white or minimal colour, to develop imagery that hopefully embodies a certain purity and simplicity. I begin each drawing with a core idea or set of notions about its direction. But, it is my relationship to this core idea, and the inner impulses it stimulates inside me, which generate the substance of the images I produce. I never aim for prettiness or a particular aesthetic look. My intention is that the results will have an integrity that people may recognise and attribute to an underlying story, which is sensed rather than told’’.