(both laughing)

Dialect Press



ISBN: 9781739385521


Publication date: 1 February 2024



(both laughing) collaborative play with language, colour, font and layout, understanding words as visual propositions.

The enjambments are both one-word poems and small works of art which explore the serious business of finding new words to describe real life conundrums around art work that is domestic.

‘Have you ever been told that good art isn’t something that can be made on the kitchen table? Well, it’s a lie and this book proves it. As artists we use whatever tools are readily available to us. Enjambments can be created at home, as (both laughing) has proved; the process is a fulfilling, often hilarious, thought-provoking way of thinking about what artists do and how everything overlaps between art and life every day. ‘ Sarah Bodman, Associate Professor for Artist Books, Centre for Print Research, UWE

‘These enjambments draw you into a disconcerting, playful game in which words disintegrate – or reform into unfamiliar amalgamations. Nothing – not even a word – is what it seems. Look and look again as the letters dance, fall out of alignment and jump out in unexpected colour. Simple as a child playing with their first letters but complex, a rebellious challenge to the constraints of language’ Madeleine Bunting, award winning writer and journalist

(both laughing)

Artist duo Emily Lucas and Nick Grellier’s (both laughing) collaborative work is grounded in drawing practice and rich research that explores, discovers, invents, solves problems and cracks jokes.  They make artwork using low value, low fi materials and objects from around the home, including baby wipes, stencils, felt tip pens and printing stamps, in order to tackle the problem of emotion versus seriousness and other hierarchies both in the art world and wider society. Their remit is to generate new ways to talk, write and think about drawing and other art practices. The work is both playful and serious, celebrating difficulties and achievements.  Together, they have begun to develop their own manifesto for drawing as a way to embrace mistakes, test out new ideas and acknowledge non-binary viewpoints and grey areas, giving value to the overlooked.