Ep.175 Keira Rathbone - Ministry of Arts Podcast



In this episode Gary Mansfield speaks to Keira Rathbone (@typewriterart)


Keira Rathbone is an established fine artist living and working in London. She grew up in Dorset, gained a BA (hons) in Fine Art at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Since 2003 she has developed a unique drawing technique, employing a manual typewriter as a drawing tool.


Rathbone draws images from life using her typewriter, instinctively translating what she sees into an array of letters, number and symbols chosen for their shape and textural values resulting in beautiful enigmatic images that encourage the viewer to keep looking from different distances, reading more into it each time. She develops and exhibits images based around compelling themes and often incorporates live audio/visual performances by typing before an audience with video projection, sound effects and collaborations with other artists.


Her art is used to reflect the world and people around her, capturing moments through this artistic and accessible medium. Typewriter Art does not overcomplicate but allows a moment to be depicted and celebrated in a true snapshot of beauty and poignancy.

She has appeared numerous times on television, including BBC News, BBC World News, The One Show and SKY Landscape Artist of the Year as well as BBC Radio 2, 4 and 6Music. She currently has an original hanging with short film and typewriter exhibited alongside in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. Her work takes has taken across the UK and abroad, each place influences and inspires her creative process.


For more information on the work of Keira Rathbone go to: http://keirarathbone.com



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