Life is Absurd, concept drawing


“Rising, streetcar, four hours in the office or the factory, meal, streetcar, four hours of work, meal, sleep, and Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday and Saturday according to the same rhythm—this path is easily follow most of the time.  But one day the “why” arises and everything begins in that weariness tinged with amazement.”

  • Albert Camus

For our latest project, we are designing a folly for the Welbeck Estate in North Nottinghamshire. Following a project on objects in the Portland collection at the estate, my design themes that I have chosen to carry forward are an absurdist approach to every day life, and change in etiquette.

My research lead me to The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus, in which were written several interesting quotes about the absurdity of life. The quote above was my inspiration for this drawing. The idea that we can put our day to day lives into a simplistic mould is absurd, and this drawing explores that by collecting a series of marks from every day objects, such as car tyres and cutlery, into a box.

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