Over the past year, Mayumi Mori, Leni Kauffman and Oliver O’Keeffe came together and created the project “52 Words a Year”. Every week a word was selected, and each illustrator interpreted it in their own way. The project has developed the creativity and flexibility of the artists and tested approach to their practice.
The 52 words were picked by the illustrators, with a couple of exceptions that were suggested by others, which often reflected what was happening at the time. Sport was chosen whilst Wimbledon, Tour de France and the World Cup were happening. Holiday, Journey and Wanderlust were greatly influenced by the artists’ travels around France, whilst Social, Merry and Restart were a celebration of the festive period and New Year.
The strength of the drawings magnifies each week as the illustrator becomes more fluid and confident in their chosen visual language. Their distinctive styles have an experimental approach, with confidence building and culminating in a eclectic collection.
This exhibition commemorates the completion of the 52 words.
The three illustrators met at Central Saint Martins in 2004 when they were in their reckless twenties. Ten years have passed and while the three are now in their early thirties, they continue to draw, and drink, more than ever. As of March 11th they have continued into the second consecutive year of the project and there seems to be no sign of stopping.