Drawings from marrakech | 13 - 31 october 2016
LUCINDA ROGERS BRINGS TOGETHER TWENTY DRAWING MADE IN MARRAKECH ON THREE VISITS BETWEEN 2011 AND 2016. WHEN SHE FIRST TRAVELLED THERE TO MAKE A SERIES OF BLACK AND WHITE DRAWINGS FOR A COMMISSION SHE WAS INSTANTLY DRAWN TO THE BEAUTY AND COMPLEXITY OF THE CITY. SHE RETURNED TO EXPLORE AND MAKE FURTHER DRAWING, THIS TIME USING TRADITIONAL, SATURATED WATERCOLOURS TO EXPRESS THE COLOUR AND TEXTURE OF THE MEDINA.
ROGERS WORKS DIRECTLY FROM LIFE IN THE TRADITION OF THE ARTIST AS REPORTER, SITTING IN FRONT OF A SUBJECT FOR MANY HOURS AND RECORDING STRAIGHT FROM EYE TO PAPER, WHICH GIVES HER DRAWINGS A PARTICULAR SPONTANEITY AND DEPTH. SHE HAS A UNIQUE EYE FOR TELLING DETAIL AND OFTEN SEEKS OUT SCENES OUTSIDE THE MAIN VIEW, WITH A PARTICULAR FOCUS ON THE THEME OF PLACES OF WORK, SUCH AS IN THE DRAWING OF AN UPHOLSTERER'S SHOP.
lucinda has had a prolific illustration career working regularly for the mainstream press including the times, the telegraph, the independent, and the new yorker as well as for countless other publications and companies. her work is in many permanent collections including the victoria and albert museums, somerset house trust, the british museum and the museum of london. for many years she has drawn new york and 2017 will see the publication of her new york drawings made over a period of twenty-five years.
"SITTING IN A SPOT DRAWING FOR LONG PERIODS IS A WAY TO FEEL PART OF THE LIFE OF THE CITY AND LEARN HOW IT WORKS. BRIEF RELATIONSHIPS CAN BE MADE WITH OTHER PEOPLE OCCUPYING THE STREET, WHICH IN THE MARRAKECH MEDINA IS THE CENTRE OF BUSINESS. TEA AND FOOD WERE USUALLY OFFERED, AS WELL AS MANY COMMENTS ON THE DRAWINGS AND THEORIES ABOUT LIFE. MY FAVOURITE MOMENT WAS WHEN A SMALL BOY, THROUGH AN OLDER INTERPRETER, ASKED ME TO DRAW A BIRD IN THE PICTURE. THOUGH I DIDN'T DO IT, HE CAME BACK LATER AND OFFERED ME A CHIP FROM THE LITTLE BUNCH HE WAS HOLDING IN ONE HAND. I HAVE BECOME ATTACHED TO MARRAKECH AND WOULD LIKE TO RETURN"