A slice of life
Those trivial moments of everyday life, like walking down the street or making a cup of tea, are just that – trivial. Banal. Forgettable. Yes?
Not for artist Audrey Anderson. Her work turns these seemingly mundane moments into stories. And she tells them honestly and carefully, over-emphasising the details in a way that reminds of comic book and graffiti art. In fact, her work centres on a concept she calls ‘The Walk in Graphic Novel’.
When I saw her Work&Live in the City series, I knew I just had to share her work. It combined her drawings and photos taken with disposable cameras by staff at Velo in Braamfontein. I love line drawings and her take on them just made my heart smile.
“I have seen how simple line can describe complex ideas and emotions with great impact,” she says. “Drawing and lines are interesting communication tools. I don’t think I will ever stop investigating the medium or its narrative potential.”
Audrey has just finished a body of work in wine (yes, wine!) called Wine Indulgence and is now completing works in coffee (yes, coffee!) for the Coffee & Chocolate expo taking place in July at Montecasino. She is also working on a public art piece with Spier Architectural Arts, which will be placed under the Oxford Bridge in Johannesburg. Keep an eye out!
You can follow Audrey on Behance or on Facebook. Better yet, go visit her at her studio at the Newtown Artist Run Centre and Studios (41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi street, Newtown). She’s there on Thursday, Fridays and some Saturdays.