Rebecca Walker creates hand-drawn artworks that are influenced by the styles of 19th Century illustrated newspapers, such as the old London Illustrated News. They are suggestive of older perceptions of time and events in public spaces but transported into the London of today.
“It is not necessary that the imagery I have deployed in the drawings accords with any photographic reality. What I am describing through line and choice of image is my feeling for the magical realism of this timeless, beautiful city. I have envisioned modern London through the eyes of its previous inhabitants, with an aesthetic continuity”
I made this drawing in May 2020 in response to the first lockdown of the pandemic, when the possibilities of contagion and death were playing greatly on people’s minds. The whole world was coming to terms with a series of life-changing circumstances, with an unknown outcome. At times, it felt like things might never be the same again, as many were caught up in these dramatic events, dark thoughts, and inner struggles. Then I remembered so many instances of history, so many struggles, so many countless losses borne by past generations, and how those people had lived on and made the best of terrible tragedies. It sparked in me a reviewed vision and faith that there is a deeply good structure to life and the human spirit, and that eventually, we will see it re-assert itself, to recreate a new and sustaining reality. This new reality will be familiar and will carry forward all the strength and beauty of the world we feared we had lost. We will see, When we rise again, That the stars will not have fallen.