The sketchbook pages refer to an ongoing multi-disciplinary exploration of the strange city of water that is Venice.
The drawings depict architectural elements combined with graphical symbols & typography from my experience of the city. Rather than depicting single scenes, the drawings evoke rhythms to capture the flow of Venice, combining both real & photographic reference.
The tension between pictorial figuration & a flattened graphic perspective interests me much, helping to formulate a personal viewpoint & sense of place.
In conjunction with the drawings I am filming the city at night. I have a deep curiosity of the audio intimacy of Venice during nighttime & I'm gradually developing this into a short film piece. There is also recognition of how the image of Venice as reflection is a metaphor for this strange fairy tale like city, a stage for the tourist's gaze, and a heightened sense of its image. How the very architecture, the fine facades are but decoration for visual consumption. A work in progress at present, but I find the journey of such explorations useful in understanding my own creative practice & what the work is about.
Roderick MillsSince graduating from the RCA Roderick has worked across most areas of Illustration including editorial, publishing, corporate literature, advertising, exhibition design & animation. Has won a number of international awards, exhibited in both Europe & USA, & been featured in various books on Illustration. Clients include The BBC, Royal Mail, The National Theatre, Opéra National de Paris, Penguin Books, Bloomsbury Publishing, The New York Times, Yale University, Pentagram Design.
Roderick lives & works from London & is represented by Heart Artists' Agent in both London & New York.
Together with a career in education, Senior Lecturer L6 BA (Hons) Illustration at the University of Brighton, Roderick is a member of the Board of Directors of the AOI & is co-founder of MOKITA Illustration forum.
In tandem with Illustration Roderick also collaborates with the filmmaker Rosie Pedlow. Their first film 'Immortal Stories' funded by the Sciart Research Award - The Wellcome Trust, was screened at various International Film Festivals & was awarded Mention Spéciale du Jury at Festival Nouveau Cinéma Montreál, Québec Canada.
Reportage is part of my desire to understand places & my relationship to them. Travel is very much important to my practice, not only since much of my work is international, but also as notions of 'the continental exotic' are recurring themes in personal/self-initiated projects.