Portfolio - Pencil

Pencil drawings

Makin’ Bread


Artist’s Commentary

Makin’ bread is a project in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This production combines performance, live drawings, verbatim and music in a 15-minute film. The work focusses on 91-year old Dorothy at Maryfield West Care Home in Aberdeen. The work captures Dorothy’s side of one of our telephone conversations as I draw her. The conversation begins with one of Dorothy’s carers Evelina helping to record Dorothy’s voice, and subsequently highlights Dorothy’s beautiful Scottish verbatim and gentle nature, whilst appealing to the audience to imagine the rest of the dialogue. As part of the film Dorothy and her carer give a critical assessment on the drawings made during the film with a great deal of character. This was recorded in Dorothy’s room within the care home. Dorothy was a head mistress in Aberdeen, and this comes forward when assessing the drawings. 

Drawings show Dorothy climbing the stairs to her room (as the lift was broken that day), at the hairdresser when she is looking at herself in the mirror and during dinner when she is waiting for the food to arrive (sausages and mash that time) – 5 to 10 minute drawings in pencil between A4 and A2 in size.