A Piece of Turf

Mills, Jamie ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6922-0648 and Karol, Beatrice (2021) A Piece of Turf. [Show/Exhibition]


A Piece of Turf is a collaborative exhibition of drawings and text by illustrator Mills and writer Karol. Research Process: the research used an ecological and interdependent view of the world, and drawing from Haraway's (2016) notion of Staying with the Trouble to explore potential modes of accessing natural phenomena. Through intensive, empathetic study of a small patch of ground, the research aimed to notice the interactions and illuminate their significance through drawing, printmaking and prose. Research Insights: the research highlighted potential strategies and methods for illustrators to communicate complex, messy, interconnected and seemingly chaotic ecologies in a non-reductive manner. The methods utilised, both practical and theoretical, help to embed traits of curiosity, wonder and specificity into the environment of illustration-education. The research was exhibited as a collection of chinagraph drawings, monoprints and fragmented prose, the exhibition highlights and celebrates the interdependence and knotted existence present within a, seemingly, insignificant patch of ground. By looking closer and zooming into the details it is possible to recognise the abundance of life, death and exchange of a piece of turf that holds the world. Dissemination: The work was exhibited at Yorkshire Artspace at Exchange Space Studios in Sheffield from 20 May – 19 June 2021.

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