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Joseph Sparkes Joe Sparkes Art Artwork

With a background in illustration and an established curiosity for a variety of analogue processes, my practice is continuously moving; moulded by ever expanding interests and the requirements of the stories I’m sharing.

At its core, my work documents story and archives memory, a tool for considered reflection and improved mindfulness. Often referencing personal experiences, but sometimes found ones too, the work I make is about recording and reflecting on the moments in life that you unconsciously bookmark.

I try not to search for projects, instead relying on organic reactions to daily events, sharing the stories I feel greatest connection with in any particular moment, allowing the mundane to become significant and the everyday become unique.

With traditional crafts demanding the patience and time suited to honest and considered reflection, I regularly look to bookbinding, film photography and printmaking to explore within a creative, meditative state and gradually realise narratives.

Though I am still exploring these processes, I remain welcoming of distractions and inspiration that may lead towards alternative, potentially more appropriate or exciting methods of archiving memories and sharing my work.

Education

2014 - 2017

Norwich University of the Arts, BA (hons) Illustration

2013 - 2014

Colchester Institute, Art & Design Foundation Diploma

2011 - 2013

Colchester Sixth Form, Fine Art

Exhibitions 

2017

New Designers Week 2, London

2017

Illustration Degree Show, Norwich

2016

Norwich Science Festival, The Forum

2016

Norwich Illustration Festival, The Forum

2015

Storyville, St Margarets Church, Norwich

2014

Art & Design Foundation Diploma Show, Colchester

 

Contact

To discuss projects, commissions and collaborations, or just to say hello, please email joesparkesart@gmail.com or fill out the contact form here.

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