Look closely at these impressive ‘sketches’ and you’ll see miniature letters appear — this is because these works have been made entirely on a typewriter. Keira Rathbone has been creating typewriter art for 10 years and this exhibition looks back at her previous pieces and her latest additions.
We first encountered Keira at the Other Art Fair, and were impressed both by the works on display and the fact that she was typing live with complete focus and an ability to drown out all background noise. The ‘drawing’ of Hammersmith Bridge across three sheets of paper is particularly impressive, and she’s also captured famous persons such as the Queen and Barack Obama.
There’s a nostalgic feel to Rathbone’s work in that typewriters these days are seen as defunct and just a distant memory to those of us who grew up in the computer age. Rathbone is an impressive artist and her works needs to be seen up close to truly realise how brilliantly intricate they are.
Keira Rathbone: Typing My Heart Out is on at Subway Gallery, Kiosk 1, Joe Strummer Subway, Edgware Road / Harrow Road, W2 1DX from 8-16 February. Admission is free.