The ' Exquisite Corpse" one-day project with Heidi Wigmore started off by looking at the etchings of the Chapman Brothers and talking about its roots in Dada/Surrealism. Heidi had run a workshop at the Ferens Gallery in Hull in 2017 in response to the Turner Prize ( some of the results below), the collaborative nature of the process yielding interesting results.
We started off with the head - it could be a painting, sculpture, human or animal but whatever we drew , it had to be done in charcoal as accurately as possible ( quite tricky given the tiny size of the photos) . I started with this Greek head. We marked on the fold guide lines where the head finished then folded it over the back of the drawing board and passed the whole sheet of paper onto the next person .
I neglected to take a photo of the initial stage of the head , the photo above is much later on after several processes but you can see the basis of it .
For the 'body' section I drew from an Indian manuscript, trying to capture the patterns on the cloth and for the 'trunk to knees' , I chose a Roman sculpture ( below)
Then for a bit of fun , the 'legs' came from a Chinese ceramic horse!
And then we received our original drawing back to work on further. I particularly liked the feather cape that Lito had added and that formed the basis of my work.
Josie's head with my torso
Shabana's head with my ' trunk to knees'
And my particular favourite , Nicola's donkey head with my horse legs . It was a complete coincidence , I had no idea what the starting point had been
On receiving our piece back, we worked with charcoal, compressed charcoal and eraser and finally with white acrylic using a dry brush
Above is how Josie had worked on and improved by drawing and Shabana's final work is below.
In between the use of compressed charcoal and acrylic, we had to spray the drawing to fix them using either the roof terrace or the small balcony off the student sitting area. This is Lito's ' Hanging around at City Lit!"