The Red Diary

I have kept a diary since I was 13 years old. In these I write and draw sketches of personal and found work. In a way, they are diagrams of a past and a future, usually written in both English and Bulgarian, sometimes a sentence starts in English and ends in Bulgarian, sometimes I write English words in Cyrillic; sometimes I write Bulgarian words using the English alphabet. There are a lot of made up words and lots of drawings.
My last notebook is red.
These series of animations are the red notebook equivalent. In them I use my latest drawings and paintings, they carry the mood and the sense of place and space I currently occupy – Brooklyn, New York.
No digital manipulations for the drawings have been used – they have gone in as they are – I scan them into the computer and animate them. The hands are pen and ink drawings on hot pressed board, a very smooth velvety surface produced by an American paper company. The red background is a Crimson Red Intaglio ink monotype on Fabriano papers ( an Italian paper praised since the Renaissance ).
For these compositions I was inspired by Marcus Fischer’s amazing album mip~map/for friends this winter.. and my friends as well.
Painted and animated by Mirena Rhee
Music by marcus fischer / mapmap.ch

I have kept notebooks since I was 13 years old. In these I write and draw sketches, make lists and think of personal and found work. In a way, they are diagrams of a past and a future, usually written in both English and Bulgarian, sometimes a sentence starts in English and ends in Bulgarian, sometimes I write English words in Cyrillic; sometimes I write Bulgarian words using the English alphabet. There are a lot of made up words and lots of drawings.

A lot of my notebooks are red.

Mirena Rhee - Artist sketchbook

Mirena Rhee - Artist sketchbook

 

A list of pigments:

Mirena Rhee - Artist sketchbook. My Red Diary - a list of pigments.

It's only fair to share...Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookEmail this to someoneShare on RedditPin on Pinterest