My Room Unfolded

Uni-Ball Signo Extra Fine 0.38mm Black & Photoshop, 2020

My Room Unfolded

This drawing reflects on the multiple characters of a home, using both sides of the paper to explore the relationship of interior and exterior. Again, the subject is my flat, presented in the form of a greeting card. Anything sitting on, kept within or attached to the wall was recorded to show four varying faces belonging to the same space.

 

The front of the card shows a small segment of a brick facade, with two of the numerous windows that form a uniform grid across this London housing block from the 1930’s. It illustrates that, beneath the homogeneity of this envelope, each piece of wall and every window belongs to someone who has made their home behind it. On the back is a section of the endless corridors that dissect the building – in this case a rather narrow, depressing one – in stark contrast to the array of objects on the other side. The card opens to reveal two walls inside the flat that face each other. On the reverse of the brick façade, the two windows make a reappearance, each window sill simultaneously acting as garden and display shelf. Across from this sits a wall of in built-in cupboards, where personal belongings accumulated over years are exposed through a section cut.

© 2020 by Jolene Liam