traces - current research


Within my current research, I have been examining how the traces of colonial histories remain visible in public domains. I have become focused on a particular point in Kenya’s history, and Britain’s colonial involvement, and in examining the way this history has been captured but also hidden from view in public records.
Some of this research relied on the physical documents and ephemera that can be found within the National Archives. Some images are also taken from private family collections. More recently I have also been using Google Street View, as a means to journey to the urban streets of Kenya. This process is both a journey in space, but also in time, as it connects to my personal memories of living in Kenya aged 19. 

German-English Illustrator and Artist based in Brighton, UK

My work explores how illustration can be used as an active tool for understanding, interpreting and re-evaluating dominant narratives and discourse about historical events. How can illustration add to our understanding of history, how can it challenge it, and what is the value of providing alternative viewpoints to the mainstream?

I am interested in exploring and highlighting the ways in which history is recorded, suppressed, remembered and distorted. I have become particularly interested in how meaning and underlying power structures contained within archival records can be interpreted through the act of drawing. Often working with archival artefacts and personal testimony, I create narrative sequences and visual essays that explore my own relationship to history.