Some of her work involves documenting the minutia of daily life in diagrammatic form. In other work, she creates systemic works about architectural spaces that question ideas of urban planning and public art through proposals for often unrealisable interventions.
She will use the AA2A scheme to develop new works that develop two ongoing projects.
The first project is a series of intaglio and relief etchings of tall cityscapes inspired by the book ‘Invisible Cities’ by Italo Calvino. These are drawings in which each city has its own internal logic, eg a city on stilts, or a hanging city, or a tool city.
The second project is inspired by Jeremy Bentham’s design of the Panopticon prison in which a centrally placed guard can view prisoners’ cells which are positioned around the circumference of the building. Mary Yacoob’s adaptations of the panopticon design are inspired by Dante’s Circles of Hell, the complexity of mazes, and engineering diagrams. Using etching lines, aquatint and photoetchings based on image from the Jeremy Bentham archive at University College London, Yacoob will explore the geometry of oppression and surveillance, and the visual language of archival architectural prints.]]>