Research/ inspiration

Olivia: Below are some examples/ inspiration of artists that have used a similar approach to mark making on chalkboards

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Simon Kerr: eddie ramshackle and the blackboard series

“eddie ramshackle is a raw and basic representation of myself (Simon Kerr). I have found that, in general, it is more acceptable to people to be confronted with the views of a fictional character rather than those of an actual person.” -Simon Kerr

Simon Kerr creates a body of work on a chalkboard which demonstrates a story of his own lifestyle and also other peoples day to day routines. These works are often autobiographical in nature, exploring his controversial history and his Devonport upbringing. This artwork above relates to our market stall as participants will draw/create marks that will relate to their own childhood upbringing, thoughts/memories/dreams.


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Untitled (New York City), 1968 by Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly who is an American abstract artist explores mark making on a chalkboard to create a piece of artwork. Apparently this artwork made history in 2015 as it sold for a record breaking $70.5 million.

This work is very similar to what we want to do at our market stall, as it will be very abstract since we will be blind folding our participants. By creating lots of layers of mark making from as many participants that we get visiting our stall, it will essentially turn into a piece of abandoned art.


Courtney: Peyton Fulford’s Abandoned Love photography project

Fulford made art out of the confessions people sent her on Tumblr.

As she collected messages from her Tumblr followers for the participatory art project, Fulford noticed themes of “love and melancholy” and decided to use phrases with these themes to shake up our typical, celebratory image of a banner. The project is reminiscent of PostSecret, except instead of postcards, the secrets are made of cut-out words draped on abandoned buildings in Columbus, Georgia. The theme of abandoned love, she writes on her blog, is present both “in words and in the abandonment of the building itself.”

By collecting her material from Tumblr, making it into physical objects, photographing them, and sharing the photographs back on Tumblr, Fulford crosses the boundary between the “real” and digital worlds multiple times. And by doing so, she publicizes the emotions many reserve for the anonymity of the Internet.

Here are some of the finished products:


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