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Graphic Details: Confessions of Creative Writing students

A group of Creative Writing MA students were treated to a private view of the comic exhibition, Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, followed by an exclusive workshop led by exhibitions curator, Sarah Lightman.

Posted: 13 November 2014

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MA creative writing students at Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women. From left to right: Marie O’Hara, Charlotte Byrne, Epiphany Toney-Smith, senior lecturer in creative writing, Dr Ariel Kahn and the exhibitions curator, Sarah Lightman.

Students Marie O’Hara and Charlotte Byrne visited the exhibition with Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Dr Ariel Kahn, at Gallery Space Station 65 in Kennington. The groundbreaking touring exhibition features an exciting and diverse selection of Jewish women comic artists.

In addition to seeing the works by renowned artists such as Racheli Rottner and Trina Robbins, whose work includes Dream Sequence and Big Sister respectively, the students took part in a special creative writing workshop with one of the show’s curators and comic book artist, Sarah Lightman.

Creative writing student and director of touring theatre company, Hurricane Productions, Marie said: “This exhibition highlighted many different styles and techniques in comic art used by Jewish women and showed that the comic art form is a powerful medium. It explored female Jewish identity through a range of subjects, such as Religion, repression, oppression, bodily functions, family life and broken hearts. 

It was wonderful to have the gallery to ourselves and to meet Sarah and see all the hard work she put into the exhibition. Seeing this as a student, the exhibition emphasised the importance of meeting people in the industry - and that anything is possible.”

Charlotte, 23 from Kent said: “In the Fiction for Young Readers module of our MA there is big emphasis on the relationship between text and image and we have studied a number of graphic novels that deal with themes similar to those in the exhibition such as gender, sexual identity and the importance of place. It was great to see some of the original sketches and get insight into the creative process of making a comic.

I think these events, that Roehampton students get special access to, are not only helpful for our studies as we are meeting people in the industry and gaining their insight, but they inspire and motivate me to do well.”

Graphic Details is co-curated by Michael Kaminer, a New York journalist and collector. His collaborator, Sarah Lightman, is an artist, curator and arts journalist based in London. Sarah’s recently published Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews is a fully illustrated book that accompanies the show.

The students also attended a one day symposium on Wednesday 12 November, where they got to meet many of the artists whose work they experienced at the exhibition.

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