Space, Time, Memory – A Special Graphic Edition
Joshua Santospirito • 30 September 2022
When it comes to understanding landscape, community, history and our place within them, I am often struck by the inadequacy of words. The graphic narratives collected here offer different ways of representing interconnectivity across space.
Sam Wallman’s pen carves the geography of two banks of a river, helping us to conceive of space using the page itself. Meg O’Shea’s ongoing search for a birth mother places Korean subway infographics next to diagrammatic representations of a missing mother’s presence within the body.
In works published alongside one other, Safdar Ahmed and Zeinab Mir draw the ties that connect a community, each artist using only the space of a single page. Pat Grant’s Vanish Coast comments on history and cultural change through its engagement with coastal architecture.
Buildings also feature in Matt Huynh’s multimodal piece depicting the history of his hometown of Cabramatta – a tumultuous suburb surrounded by an unwelcoming Australia. Finally, Rachel Ang’s chameleonic artistry traces a remarkable pencil-line through the world of Australian comics using the visual linguistics created by artists in that very community, whether for evil or for good.
Joshua Santospirito is an award-winning graphic novelist and multimedia artist from Tasmania living on muwinina land. His art practices and writing grapple with identity and landscape. He is co-director of the Comic Art Workshop and has been the long term convenor of Hobart's Small Press Zine Fair.