Following our INKFISH workshop weekend, Oxford Writers' House is glad to present snaps and snippets from the artists and writers who worked together at the event.
“The concept of Inkfish is that it’s the humanities’ answer to a hackathon. A hackathon is an event where coders get together for a weekend and create a piece of software; we’ve copied that format over a day and asked people to come as individuals or with partners to create something either visually or in writing, or both, to show each other at the end. We want to create a merger between visual art and literature." - Asiyla Radwan, Oxford Writers' House and Inkfish founder
Can art ever be apolitical?
“No, personally I don’t believe it can, because art can’t be divorced from the artist and the artist can’t be divorced from their cultural context, even if they don’t explicitly address it. Thinking about that idea today, I’ve made a newspaper of the future, by cutting up and collaging the adjectives current newspapers use to describe non-Western countries. I’ve rearranged them into my future newspaper to describe a future where the West is basically trashed, and countries like China and Pakistan are the new developed countries.” - Asiyla Radwan
“I’ve been in a creative process for a couple of years: I had an injury a couple of years back which meant I wasn’t able to write poetry any more. I’ve had poems circling around in my head, though, so I’ve just been writing thoughts down in this journal to get to a place where I can start writing verse again. Today I’ve been thinking about the themes behind Inkfish - sex, race, religion - as I do follow faith but have struggled with that in the last couple of years in regards to what I’ve had to deal with; it’s been a journey. What was my normal has changed.” - Inkfish collaborator
Today I’ve been thinking about the themes behind Inkfish - sex, race, religion - as I do follow faith but have struggled with that in the last couple of years in regards to what I’ve had to deal with; it’s been a journey. What was my normal has changed
“We drew the tree of life, which has its roots in a strand of DNA; as it grows up the DNA changes and expands into a tree with different colours in, which represent our diverse society. And then because trees have a life span greater than the life span of individual leaves, we thought that the leaves might represent people individually and the tree humanity.” - Inkfish collaborator
“I’ve been making a collage about how I’m in love with the Virgin Mary. I used some postcards of the Virgin Mary and added in my own writing.” - Inkfish collaborator
“So I kind of went crazy with the collage. It’s a very therapeutic format; I tried to build up different textures - I’ve got a corkscrew and cassette tapes and other found objects. The mixture of different materials relates to the interdisciplinary theme today.” - Inkfish collaborator
So I kind of went crazy with the collage. It’s a very therapeutic format
“I found out about the event through Facebook. I’ve never seen so many Virgin Marys [on postcards] before! It’s been easy and enjoyable to combine different art forms in this mixing space. It’s usually quite hard to find a few hours to set aside for doing art.” - Inkfish collaborator
More pictures are on the Oxford Writers' House Facebook album, and to find out more about the next Inkfish workshop see our Events page.