Mary Yacoob Combe Martin High Street
May and October 2019
“Here is a photo of one of the initial drawings I've made so far. The drawings are partial tracings of my photographs of house name signs. I was intrigued about how along such a long high street (one of the longest continuous village high streets in England, approximately two miles long) there are individualised house names, rather than the more practical house numbers.
I'm also planning to make a video of the drawings, with slow transitions so that each drawing overlaps onto the next one, referencing the way I made the drawings on thin paper so as to trace drawings, and also emphasising some of the themes below about the abstract nature of language.
There will be an edited soundtrack of my recordings along the high street.
In tracing my photos of the house name signs, I'm emphasising how the surface of the signs, e.g. the grain of the wood, the texture of the stone, the reflection in the glass, seep into the form of the fonts, so the signs are no longer merely functional tools of communication, but intriguing almost abstract forms in their own right.”
Two central threads in Mary Yacoob’s practice are drawing and visual languages. What follows is the filtering of close observation of life, and reimaginings of her environment in works that play with repetition and geometry, diagrams and maps, systems and chance.
Mary Yacoob is a graduate of Central St Martins School of Art (MA Fine Art) and Cass School of Art (BA Fine Art.