“PERIODICALS”: Just People - Issue One
130 x 210mm, 78 pages, Colour printing, Hand sewn, Softcover, Ed. of 250, 2022
This first issue of Periodicals is dedicated to each contributor and each reader. I hope these pieces of expression find themselves in the pleasure amongst strangers. I remember a moment when I was about three and half years old. I had a best friend that I adored. I remember one day that a new girl started and my best friend said to me, out of the blue, she said to me: “I want to be best friends with the new girl now.” And I was only three and half years old and so was she. I felt so sad, a pitiful feeling of rejection and loneliness filled me and I felt lost. I went to the reading corner because I didn’t know what else to do, I didn’t really have any other friends. I got told off by the teacher because it wasn’t scheduled reading corner time. I went to the bathroom and I remember crying a little. That afternoon, I didn’t have a best friend anymore, and we had to draw sunflowers. We had to draw them with our fingertips. I focused too much on the middle of the flower and instinctively, I used my finger tips to make small sad petals. The teaching assistant told me I wasn’t doing it right and she tried to show me but I didn’t want to do it like that. She never put the picture up with the others…… But after all, they were just people. A best friend who saw her opportunity to make new friends. A teacher who judged the better sunflowers. And then people inevitably get left behind. But there is value and beauty in the left behind. It reminded me of the film Sunflower by De Sica. It reminded me of my aunt's funeral when I was about 2 and I wore a hat and dress with sunflowers on it. How did that teacher know my relationship to a sunflower? “Draw a better sunflower Lucy! Draw a better one!”
Contributors: Ollie Tong, Nell Whittaker, Oscar Mardell, Max Henninger, Kate Tattersfield, Tohm Bakelas, Beth Wilkinson, Evelyn Wh-ell, Charlie Adamson-Hammond, John D. Robinson, Adrian Manning, Wesley Hunt, Maria Sledmere, Lucy Wilkinson, Alex Grafen, Stavrina Mistrioti, Jacob DeCoursey, Karolina Fedorowicz, Sam Fulton, Tessa B. Berring, Lucie McLaughlin, Jessica Lee, Michael Dietrich, Lucia Dove, Finn Cargill, Annie Muir, Eve Patterson-Byrne, Logan K. Young, Timothy Thornton, Mya Jasmine Torres, Phoebe Thomson, Dylan Bakelas, Kent Taylor, Barry Wilson, Kaydence Bakelas, Viola Perretta, Cora Vespertine, River Ellen MacAskill, Adrian Manning, Oscar Mardell, Barry Wilson, Wesley Hunt, Teddy Duncan jr., John D. Robinson, Kaydence Bakelas, Michael Dietrich, Timothy Thornton, Sam Fulton, Jacob DeCoursey, Viola Perretta, Stavrina Mistrioti, Marvin Hoffmann U.K.