Other People’s Hair
What is it about other people's hair? The grass is always greener and the hair is always better on the other side.

“I like other people’s hair better than mine.” Isn’t it always the way? What’s the weird compulsion to straighten our hair when it’s curly, or curl it when it’s straight? A lot of the time we’re fighting against our genetic nature: striving to differentiate ourselves from our immediate peers. We put on a style to […]

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Fearless John
Fearless John, watercolour painting by Lee Devonish, 2011

Fearless John – the story behind a watercolour painting. I was walking through a shopping centre in Ashford one day in the summer between terms at art school when something caught my eye. There was something strange about the young man working at the mobile phone kiosk – I’d already walked by when my brain finally worked out […]

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Expat/Immigrant
Expat 1. Watercolour on paper by Lee Devonish, 2016

Expat or immigrant? Both are the same, of course, and I am both at once… but which word do you choose, and for whom? Your dominant affiliation will answer – but the history of the words and their applications carries much more than a personal choice. Instead of using words to fight words, I’ve used another language […]

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Concept/Word/Image
y MA essay covered conceptualism, craft, feminism and graphic novels, linking these through similarities within oppositional pairings. Where do I go now, though?

Concept/Word/Image: A few years ago, I wrote an essay entitled “The Thought That Counts”, on hierarchical dualisms within academic and non-academic modes of thought. In it, I tried to address all manner of subjects including conceptualism, craft, feminism and graphic novels, linking these through similarities within oppositional pairings. The sprawling project did earn me my […]

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