With the aim to further open the taboo around death, dying, and bereavement, we've partnered with our friend The Griefcase for a special project, and would like to invite you to create an artwork in response to the theme Modern Mourning.
We know the topic can feel scary in many ways - perhaps you have never thought about it much, perhaps you have experienced a bereavement closely. In our current time, loss is sadly in the forefront of our minds moreso than before; the experience of a loss can be overwhelming, and difficult to know how to express what you’re feeling especially in the early stages.
We've invited Artists' whose work we admire to kindly submit an artwork in response to our brief, to start the conversation. You can see and read about their beautiful work below! We want to continue this with our community - we’d love to hear from a wide range of people with diverse experience, and we are committed to creating an inclusive space.
Your artwork could be based on personal experience as a way to express your feelings around it, it could be a musing on the concept of mortality, grief and mourning. Or it could be in response to societal ideas around death and mourning - anything you like!
After the entry deadline we will be sharing submissions on both The Griefcase and Untangle's Instagram feeds, alongside presenting them on an exhibition page here, with your name and details alongside your artwork, which shall be open to view until mid December.
If this sounds interesting to you, please join us to open up the conversation!
Click the button below to submit, we’ll note your name down when you enter.
(Entries will be sent to email@example.com)
We’re accepting two dimensional artworks - for example illustration, painting, drawing, collage, photography or poetry. If you’re submitting poetry, please present it visually as a JPG, we can’t accept Word doc files.
We're sorry but we can't accept video files for this brief.
Size: A4 or A3
Hi-Res JPG or PNG
Portrait or Landscape
Please let us know your name, location (e.g. England, France, USA), and a title or 280 character sentence about your work.
Entries close 9th November 2020.
(Click on an artwork above to read more about it)
Our Artists' Works
You can click on the Artist' name to see more of their work on their website.
“Everything was grey
and yet I saw colour like I’d never seen before
It seeped in slowly
And although it didn’t reach me
I felt it deeply”
London based illustrator and maker working in a variety of mediums. Naomi is a kitsch enthusiast, lover of colour and collector of Bric-A-Brac. Her work is often inspired by the objects she likes to surround herself with - the kinds of things we place on a shelf or mantelpiece that make us happy. She likes to create things that are both vaguely familiar and yet unlike anything else.
Follow Naomi on Instagram here.
"This drawing is called Selenites weaving the threads of fate. The moon is such an important symbol of hope for me and the action of weaving feels very symbolic too, it requires a lot of strength and foresight. The way that thread unravels and dances between your fingers reminds me that human fate is just as ludic, windy and unpredictable. All we can do is let it flow."
Benedict is an illustrator living in South East London. He likes to incorporate themes relating to nature, queerness, and magical realism in his work. When he is not drawing,
he works at a botanical garden and volunteers at an archive.
Follow Benedict on Instagram here.
"I wanted to portray transformation, healing and rebirth through the presence of the snake; a spirit guide that can lead to growth & redemption."
Lynnie’s style is a distinctive one, where a bold bright colour palette is used to great effect in the playful charismatic characters she creates. The development of these characters is the driving force of her work; producing mysterious, seductive creatures and powerful femme fatales. Women are mostly the subject of her pieces which she brings to life using ink, paint and paint pens. By working spontaneously the personalities evolve naturally into striking and engaging images which both shock and amuse, but always stimulate the eye.
Follow Lynnie on Instagram here.
"This piece reflects those days when the pain is simply too much to bear. When the sadness rains down on you and there is nothing anyone can say or do to make it better. When you feel so alone and trapped inside your bubble of grief. Many pieces of me left the day that Mum left. I don't want to lose any pieces that are Mum."
Illustrator and Designer from West Yorkshire and currently based in London. Clare is a graduate of the Illustration Animation BA (Hons) course at Kingston School of Art.
Follow Clare on Instagram here.
"This work was made as part of a residency at Ace Hotel NYC in November 2019, called Women Who Take Up Big Space where I was looking at navigating the body and reclaiming sexuality after traumatic loss. In the years following the devastating loss of my family in an accident in NYC in 201, I found my body in a total shutdown, existing in survival mode, no space for the future and barely able to accommodate the painful present. I went for two years without any periods and my body was totally closed off. It took so many years to return to a feeling of being present and it's still something I have to work on everyday. This body of work for Ace NYC was about taking up space in the world again, reconnecting the mind and body beyond trauma and beginning dialogues with the living again."
The fandangoekid is a print artist who makes large scale narrative driven pieces for all to access. Working internationally, her work seeks to smash taboos around complex subject matters such as death, trauma, mental health and gender constructs. Her work has been featured on BBC News and broadly in international press. Having lost almost all of her family in NYC in 2011, Annie's work seeks to create a platform for open conversation about typically taboo subject matters.
Follow Annie on Instagram here.
"I've approached my piece from a support system point of view - the illustration is based on a couple of my friends’ who's family members died, depicting my collective efforts to be there for them while they were grieving.”
Illustrator, guest lecturer and freelance Workshop Facilitator currently based in the South East. Jess enjoys making work focused on social commentary and making illustration interactive. She also really enjoys exploring the idea of art and education, and how the former informs the latter.
Follow Jess on Instagram here.
“My piece is titled, Emotional Support.”
Charles Bailey, AKA BigFatBambini graduated with a Bachelors from Kingston School of Art in 2019, having studied Illustration/Animation, he also attended UAL Camberwell where he studied FdA Illustration. He is a
visual communicator who integrates traditional and
digital techniques to produce lively, intimate and occasionally comical images.
Follow Charles on Instagram here.
“My piece is called Blue Rinse and Chocolate Roulade, it's about my Gran who peacefully passed away in August. She was in a care home and I hadn't been able to see her since Christmas 2019, I realised this summer that with the pandemic and lockdown I might have already said goodbye to her for the last time and not realised it. I can't really remember that last time very well so I've been focussing on the clearer image I have of her at points in the past, specific things that come to mind when I think of her. And that's what this piece is! It's personal but I hope also relatable to a situation I'm sure lots of folks have had this year.”
Ed Cheverton is a Bristol, UK based artist. He works with collage, drawing, 3D, comics and zines.
Follow Ed on Instagram here.
“My piece is called In the night."
Jayde Perkin is a freelance illustrator based in Bristol, UK.
She creates hand-painted illustrations for a wide range of clients, as well as writing and making comics and picture books. Jayde has garnered praise for her critically acclaimed self-published comics which explore grief and loss. Her first long form graphic memoir 'I'm Not Ready', made its debut at last year's East London Comic Arts Fair, after winning the ELCAF X WeTransfer prize in 2018.