urban monsters: the jerwood drawing prize 2016 entry
The Jerwood Drawing Prize, is an annual open competition in the field of contemporary drawing practice where both students and professionals enter their work, a select number of which get chosen for a set of awards as well as an exhibition held in September. For the 2016 awards, I decided to take up an idea I had since I came to London and started living and travelling in the heart of the city.
Whichever part of London I travelled to, my view of the landscape always included construction cranes; creeping through buildings and towering over bridges. No matter what floor I was looking from, what area I visited, they always seemed to form a backdrop to the city. Their mechanical structures fascinated me, and their existence in such an abundant number was a visual testimony to how much the city was changing. I thought of using this idea and creating a set of three ‘Urban monsters’ in screenprint, to dramatise their looming presence in our lives and over our city.
The drawings were hand drawn and then screenprinted.