Bedroom : Paul Lincoln

#1 Bedroom Lullaby

Bedroom Lullaby was a response to a brief to analyse the room in which I sleep, work and study. The challenge was to communicate the scale and nature of this increasingly claustrophobic space overlooking the Barbican towers, a place totally unaffected by the changing of the seasons. A series of ink sketches were abstracted and then turned into a book which was overpainted in red. This in turn became a stop motion animation with a soundtrack based on a specially-created medal music machine for making a noise from old running medals.*

#2 Mobile St Paul’s

Silk screen, mobile structures and stop motion animation

The initial brief for Mobile St Paul’s was to experiment with four colour silkscreen printing. The images of St Paul’s Cathedral were then turned into a set of mobiles which in turn became the subject of a short video that brought together stop motion animation and filming with a green screen. St Paul’s, one of the most arresting buildings in London, a place which had been built following the Fire of London and which had become a symbol of London’s survival from the Blitz, during lockdown turned its back on its congregation as well as it admirers and closed down.

#3 Iron in the soul

Monoprint on paper and fabric and stop motion animation
Monoprint on paper and stop motion animation
Monoprint on paper and stop motion
Monoprint on linen

The brief for Iron in the Soul was to make prints with an everyday object. In this case, a steam iron. These were then turned into a series of stop motion animations. In order to create an animation with a bit of a story, an additional print was made in which the previously carefully ironed white shirt was transformed into a print in its own right.

*Soundtracks

The soundtracks for these animations were all home made. Mobile St Paul’s relied on a recording of St Paul’s at 11-45 and 12-00 on a Saturday morning. Each set of gongs was repeated half a dozen times.

Iron in the Soul used a ladle and a saucepan of boiling water.

Bedroom Lullaby has a soundtrack made from a specially created medal music machine comprising a Swiss-designed box originally containing running shoes, a set of medals all awarded for entering (but not winning) either swimming or running races and many lengths of copper wire designed to connect all of the elements. Version 1 used ten medals, all with their ribbons attached. Version 2 removes the ribbons which are now used to adorn the box and a smaller number of medals are used to create a more compelling clatter. The medals which have been hanging in my living room since 2018, have been put to good use.

The original concept for the medal music machine
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