Savage Messiah – Laura Oldfield Ford

This is a collective oeuvre of this artist’s work in the form of a graphic novel. It’s about the marginalisation of London’s working class and an exploration of the divisions between people in urban space.

The book focuses on politics, psychology and pop-culture, since the meaning of this book is to be expressive, emotional and tell a story. It depicts the punk movement in the 90s. As well as, exploring psychogeography, and the present and past that most Londoners choose to ignore. This is the kind thing I want to explore in this project. Including: Squatters, teenage delinquents, rejects from society and punks. This book is messily composed, and comprises of photographs, ink drawings and text typed on a typewriter. Which links to my typewriter work and my VISPO as well as my research into punk collectives like Pussy Riot. 

The atmospheric book feels very expressive, nostalgic (not always in a good way), imposing and provocative. The lines used in the drawings are hatched, photo-realistic and actual, with a monochromatic, chiaroscuro tone. As mentioned before the composition is messy, but it has a visually pleasant rhythm juxtaposed to the composition. The use of a black (a receding colour) background, helps all of the other items on the page stand out more. I find the crudely cut and ripped edges of the images adds to the atmosphere of the book, and makes it aesthetically pleasing, as well as almost acting like a border around the images.

This has inspired me to want to make zines and do more drawing. I would like to apply this style to my current working style and my project about future technology.



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