‘Fortnightly Four’ is a little a project I’m working on, based on my addiction to art/illustration-based Instagrams and the sheer excitement about what can be discovered on my favourite social media platform.
I’ve been intrigued by Hanecdote, a.k.a. Hannah Hill, for possibly months now. A 22-year-old Londoner, her work is captivating, as it begins with simple drawings and transforms them into intricate embroidery. However, what I enjoy most about her work is how she takes a very traditional art form and makes it something thoroughly ‘now’. I know nothing about grime music, especially when it comes to London’s grime scene, but this doesn’t detract from my wonder towards her delicately threaded CDs. It’s not just CDs either: it’s a conglomerate of trackies, weed, Rubicon, money, bras, iPhones and statements. My favourite work of hers is in fact a detail of the piece pictured above: a fried chicken box.
It’s magnificent. i-D had an interview with her, which you can read here: https://i-d.vice.com/en_gb/article/hannah-hill-sews-powerful-statements-with-her-embroidery.
Mari Andrew is a new favourite of mine. An illustrator, she says things how they are in subtle drawing-cum-diagrams, describing heartbreak using everything but the heart and good omens using lattes and old women.
She is the type of woman I aspire to be like, because her work is so relatable. It makes you feel, but better than that, it makes you know – in the sense that you’re not alone, or needn’t worry, because life can be condensed into illustrations as simple and as easily understood as hers. She makes life look easy and beautiful, like something you have to feel your way through. Plus she talks (draws) about creative life in a way no-one else seems to, warranting a response that goes something like “oh my god. YES.” See below.
Gemma Correll is EVERYWHERE. Even if you don’t recognise her name, you’ve probably seen her work: she’s a greetings card favourite, with words like “cheese” and “poo” commonplace on her pun-centric sketches. Working predominantly in red, white, and black, there’s no fuss when it comes to her Instragram: like bymariandrew, she sums life up in a way that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, while simultaneously helping you to root for the future. Gemma Correll is a little more whimsical, but this is precisely why she’s another role model: she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
Here is her website, which is what all websites should look like, really: https://www.gemmacorrell.com/.
Adam Lupton’s work interests me for a very good reason: he reminds me of my all-time favourite artist, Francis Bacon. There’s a bit of Lucien Freud in there, too, with thick oils whipped and chalky charcoal swiped across faces, blurring them into a half-reality. His work is ghostly and haunting, making you think of lost history and darkness.
His muddled faces give stories, too: there’s something we don’t know about the people depicted in his paintings. Bacon’s work is something I’m passionate about because it haunts the viewer in the same way, making a figure known to us because we see it, but unknown because on seeing it, we register whatever absence is depicted through displacement of features, colours, brush strokes used.
Adam Lupton makes me excited because of this: you get an uncannily similar feeling when looking at his work as you do Bacon’s. I genuinely can’t wait to see what he creates next.