ArtBooks

 ArtBooks provide …” A temporary opportunity to peer through a window into another’s creative soul”

Grande Visual Narratives

As a child, I loved stories and have pursued this passion into adulthood. My earliest stories were West Indian and West African Anansi stories along with tales of my parent’s childhood adventures. Growing up in Britain added Hans Christian Anderson, Ruth Manning Saunders and later Chaucer amongst others weaved a tapestry of rich, different perspectives. Stories conjure imagery from words in any language so thus developed my equal fascination with text and image reflected throughout my earliest work. HiStory to me is the body of narratives which nations choose to tell themselves about who they are, I am continually intrigued about the stories people tell themselves about what they have done and the reasons why

 

After an absence of over 35 years from the arts, my artistic recovery was triggered by the need to respond to my mother’s grief following my father’s death in 2010. ‘Good Grief – a postman’s’ legacy responded exploring his life and heritage in an ArtBook. Heritage transmigrated over the next decade into African Violet…Hybrid of Circumstance and flowered successively before finally going to seed in 2020 when my mother died. Those seeds ‘ MayBrex’ and ‘ Before The Ships’ were cultivated into a trilogy of ArtBooks as a manifestation of my artistic signature style Grande Visual Narrative.

 

Visual Narratives – ArtBooks as memorial 

Good Grief – a Postman’s Legacy began as a piece of artwork in memory of my father then gifted to my mother, it later evolved and was absorbed into a story within the story of African Violet…Hybrid of Circumstance. Since then I have continued to create Visual Narrative ArtBooks which are artworks as memory of people who have passed. I came to understand that life is a journey, none of which are the same and what I was able to do was to capture fragments of the essence of a person and to commit some of that essence to paper through language (poetic abstraction) and colour (painted abstraction or photography)

A Snapshot  of my parents journey…

Many of these ArtBooks are in private collections both here and abroad as deeply intimate commissioned reflections of individuals. The response to these artworks has often been emotionally overwhelming and humbling and I am deeply honoured to share in some small way such deeply personal experiences.

 

Work in progress …videos 

Before the ships
MayBrex
African Violet…Hybrid of Circumstance

 

 Narrative Journals

Narrative Journals are collections of artist journals which facilitate personal journeys of discovery they will be published and available in March 2021

A different journey through portrait sketches.

A voyage of breath

A sojourn of spoken word

Other work in the pipeline is a collection exploring the equation of Human Essence over Human Being.

 


2 Responses to ArtBooks

  1. Hi Iesha! I would love to reach out, have a quick conversation about your artwork to see if I can be helpful after you attended our Mastermind Webinar for Illustrators. When is the best time to catch up with you and the best way to reach you?
    Warmly, Jo Ann

  2. I am moved by your unique presentation of so many dimensions of art, life and inquiry. Please continue and expand in those directions.

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