Whilst at Winns Gallery last weekend with Layla and Marie we took the opportunity to collaborate and produce some new drawings. We followed the exquisite corpse method of taking it in turns to draw a part on the paper before folding it to conceal that part of the drawing, and then passing it to the next person for a further contribution. We retained the same media for each drawing to allow an element of consistency; one drawing was produced with indian ink, one with gouache and one with fine liner pens.
The exquisite corpse technique was invented by Surrealists and is similar to an old parlour game called Consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. The name is derived from a phrase that resulted when Surrealists first played the game; “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau.” (“The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine.”).
It was great fun to produce these drawings and it was fascinating to note similarities in some of the imagery we produced despite not being able to see one another’s work. For example, Layla and I both drew mid-sections showing wolves in the womb whilst Marie and Layla both drew faces with beak-like masks reminiscent of those worn by the plague doctors in the middle ages. It was great to see that the themes and ideas that underpin much of our work criss-cross in this way.
We’re hoping to produce more drawings like this in future with a view to it leading to further direct collaborations between not just the three of us but other Wolves too.