Mirielle Fouchon (University of the Arts London and the Royal College of Art)
In 1662 two women from the coastal community of Lowestoft would enter history having been tried, found guilty and executed during a wave of convictions within the Suffolk areas known as the Bury St Edmunds Witch Trials. The sad narrative of these women is particularly historical significant as the comprehensive trail reports were later used to support convictions during the infamous trial in Salem.
Lowestoft, the most easterly point of the British Isles and an ancient site of settlement has been host to a plethora of historical trauma - plague, civil war, the fraught relationship with Yarmouth’s dominant port and the decline and complete loss of the herring trade. The geographic landscape has also suffered; Lowestoft was the most heavily bombed town per head of population in the U.K during WWII and the coastline continues to erode due to the effects of long-shore drift.
I propose to present and discuss a new work which uses narrative illustration to investigate Lowestoft’s troubled past, exploring what residue may be present within collective consciousness (Samuels); how this knowledge is preserved, intentionally or otherwise, and whether these traumatic histories can be used as a lens to explore social and cultural narratives manifesting today.
A graduate of University of the Arts London and the Royal College of Art, Mireille Fauchon is an illustrator, researcher and educator.
Her creative practice is ultimately concerned with visual storytelling and the documenting of local history and social and cultural narratives and she is an is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD exploring illustration as a social research methodology at Kingston University in association with the London Doctoral Design Centre. In 2011 Mireille collaborated with Four Corners Books to produce a new fully illustrated edition of The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope as part of their Familiars Series that feature artists’ interpretations to classic works of fiction.
Mireille had lectured in both theory and creative practice at universities and institutes across the U.K at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has spoken at various research events including The Falmouth Illustration Forum, VaroomLab and Illustration Research symposia.
Mireille is commissioning Illustration Editor of literary journal Ambit. www.mireillefauchon.com
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