An exhibition of work by second-year students at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. Students studying both Classical & Computer Animation and Illustration at Higher National Diploma level used James Joyce and his modernist masterpiece Ulysses as a starting point.
The Animation students retraced the steps of Leopold Bloom, producing visual research at locations associated with Ulysses. The work produced at these locations was then developed as background art for a proposed animated film based on the life and works of James Joyce. Working with both traditional and digital illustration techniques the students engaged with both the history and the environment associated with James Joyce and his most famous novel, Ulysses.
The students’ own historical research influenced the style and content of the work they produced. In some cases the students re-imagined places as they may have appeared in the early 20th Century. They attempted to capture the special atmosphere of iconic Joycean locations like The National Library, the Martello Tower at Sandycove, Sweny’s Chemist, Davy Byrne’s Pub, Bewley’s Café, and The James Joyce Centre.
Parallel to this, the Illustration students at Ballyfermot College of Further Education engaged with the text of Ulysses, and were tasked with producing work for a proposed new illustrated edition of the book. Ulysses was divided into forty-seven sections, each student producing four illustrations, experimenting with both media and style. The students’ own critical interpretation of the text influenced their approaches to both concept and form.
Ballyfermot College of Further Education would like to acknowledge the warm welcome and generous support received at all the above locations.
Join us on 10th June for the exhibition opening with the principal of Principal Ballyfermot College of Further Education Cecilia Munro. The exhibition can be visited throughout the Bloomsday Festival and will continue until December 2019.