Friday, 1 November 2013
Telling Stories with a Twist
In fact, the common practice is that stories, especially those meant for children, are illustrated. Right? Now, we challenge you to twist that concept around. Puzzled? Try thinking of an illustration that tells a story. Bingo! That is precisely what Daniel Mackie does with his stunning animal illustrations which seem to manipulate space and time, thereby arresting viewers in the meanders of well crafted stories.
His animal series, in particular, are mind-blowing, thought-provoking illustrations, whose shapes work as “containers” for richly coloured, profusely detailed and multifold-meaning stories defying our imagination.
Mackie’s mesmerizing art in fact challenges viewers to find the threads of his narratives in the enticing labyrinth of his illustrations. On the other hand, those looking at his work may also feel tempted to invent their own stories, since – just like books – the artist’s creations offer themselves to a multitude of interpretations.
His stylised, splendidly colourful and detailed animal watercolours which, somehow, evoke the illustrated manuscripts from the Middle-Ages, unexpectedly unfold before the astonished eyes of viewers like open books telling stories with a twist.