Drawing Act II: Alexis Teplin

A pattern, a performance, a film – this artist-led project invited children from Charlotte Sharman Primary School into the processes behind Alexis Teplin’s practice. Running concurrently with Donna Huddleston’s exhibition, the project explored ideas around costume, performance, collectively and individuality.

The children began researching colour, shape and repetition in Drawing Room’s Library and upscaled their findings back at school, using the hall as a studio to make giant collaborative works on canvas. They then cut, taped, stitched and tied their work - dressing each other into an ensemble of wearable drawings.

Led by the artist, the group marched around the school building and Elephant & Castle neighborhood describing themselves as a 'circus', 'a mob', 'a protest' and a 'parade'. The resulting moving-image piece exists as a series of portraits, revealing the behaviors of the children elevated through these playful processes.

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