On 10th June The James Joyce Centre was delighted to begin the week of Bloomsday 2019 with an exhibition of work by students at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. Students studying both Classical & Computer Animation and Illustration took 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 Joyce and Ulysses. Working with both traditional and digital illustration techniques, the students then developed background art for a proposed animated film based on the life and works of James Joyce. 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 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.
The exhibition runs at the James Joyce Centre until December 2019.