Mary Kuper is a distinguished illustrator with experience in publishing, public art and education.
She says ‘I work as an illustrator, but I also have a background in linguistics, a combination of interests that led me to look at ways in which the multiple dimensions of a word could be communicated visually. There is another reason too why I find this material so compelling. I grew up in many places and have not felt any sense of ownership of landscape or cultural identity - an illustrator without a theme, until I started to explore language itself. There is a surreal and poetic quality to the words as glimpses of a submerged past are revealed through the play between text and image. I hope that these illustrated etymologies will invite a larger audience to enjoy these shifting meanings, an awareness of which can lend an almost dreamlike quality to everyday language.’
‘This has been a wonderful opportunity for the English Project,’ says Professor Christopher Mulvey, a Trustee. ‘Mary Kuper has produced graphics that show that something new that can be done with words. Mary is a brilliant artist; it has been a privilege to work with her.’
Mary has produced a book in association with this work. It contains full colour illustrations of etymologies of 8 of her words together with comments by Prof Chris Mulvey (36 pages in total). To order a copy of 'Etymologies: Plants & Animals' (£6 + P&P) or to order A3 prints of any of her Drawing Words illustrations or to discuss Drawing Words, please contact Mary eXpress@marykuper.com .