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Graffiti art: multi-layered, multi-vocal

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.

Artist bio

Kuba Karczmarczyk

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.

Colourful words and drawings overlaid on paper
Kuba Karczmarczyk, 2020-21 BA Photography, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL | Photograph by the artist

Kuba Karczmarczyk: "Language and Accent Medley"

Time-lapse documenting the process.

Model size toilet with graffiti
Aarony Bailey, 'The Bathroom Stall' 2021 BA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, UAL | Language Art Project 2020/21

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.

Artist bio

Aarony Bailey

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.