Recording the progress of a project commissioned by North York Open Studios and based in the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond.
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Three finished - more to come !
I've now finished handcutting three pieces. These incorporate words from the very first plays performed on stage at the Theatre - back in 1788. Little snippets from 'Inkle & Yarico', a rather strange operetta about slavery and from 'The Midnight Hour', a comedy translated from the French by Mrs Inchbald. They mix in all sorts of different typography, taking their cue from the theatre posters I loved in the museum and archives, as well as from my own sense of the layers of history in the Theatre, a fraying around the edges of memory, the moths that create holes in the past; drawing inspiration from the fabric of the building, from the places where the past is still visible...the patches of original paintwork, traces and leavings.