In 2000, I had an idea for an art project. I decided to make a piece of art on a postcard, then, every day for a year I would send the postcard to Jonathan Watkins the director of the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. I started on 1st October with the above postcard, a picture inspired by a still from the Lars von Trier musical “Dancer in the Dark“, which had been released that year.
I would also make a second card, which I would keep. I chose Jonathan Watkins as the recipient because he had impressed me when giving a tour of the Ikon Gallery, which was exhibiting the works of my favourite Australian artist, Gordon Bennett. I didn’t tell him before I started of my intentions. I did meet him about a month into the project, he seemed quite bemused by the idea.
The art was in pencil or pen or paint or collage, the canvas was always the standard blank A6 postcard. I didn’t manage to create a piece each day, but over the year I did make the full 365 works.
Some pieces were titled, others weren’t. I don’t now have all the copies, I have moved too many times. When I was creating the project, I was living in Worcester, England and working for the Royal Mail. It was all very self indulgent, and gave me a chance to try out different art techniques.
The above was created with drops of watercolour paints blown with a drinking straw. I am no skilled draughtsman, but I had some fun and now I enjoy drawing and painting with my grandchildren.
I signed each card in the bottom right corner with ج
This is the Urdu letter “Jeem”, used because my name is Jim.
Here are some of the cards.
I haven’t repeated the project.