Language and Accent Medley
Mixed media on paper
1.5m x 1.5m
The artwork is a response to people completing a questionnaire on how they perceive languages and accents. I photographed between individual layers that represented a person’s answers and created a time-lapse to emphasise the laboriousness. The nature of a graffiti wall is that it gets overlapped with anything from beautiful art to nonsense, so I embraced these qualities in the process. I created the piece motivated after discussing ideas with Aarony Bailey. I am pleased with my drawing instincts after several months of no practice and the engagement from the 20 people contributing to my layers who provided insightful and fascinating answers.
Kuba Karczmarczyk studies Fine Art Photography at Camberwell College of Art (Year 2). He is interested in how others perceive the world based on the languages and accents they know. Kuba is Polish and speaks fluent Polish, English and basic Spanish.
The Bathroom Stall
Cardboard box, 15cm x 15cm x 23.5cm
I wanted to look at language as a way of communication, more precisely, how young people socialise with one another and how we choose to speak when we’re anonymous. This led me to the idea of a school bathroom littered with graffiti, a place where teens can hide behind a pen and write whatever they want. I wanted to focus on youth slang and particular words/phrases that are popular within my generation (Gen-Z). I further developed my idea with Kuba Karczmarczyk, who also wanted to explore graffiti, but with a focus on bilingual/multilingual people as opposed to youth culture.
Aarony Bailey is a BA Fine Art (Year 1) student at Central Saint Martins. She is a Black British artist whose work often revolves around youth and pop culture.