Throughout history, humans have enjoyed a special relationship with pictographs for communication.
Early evidence can be found in the drawings of a successful hunt on cave walls, or hieroglyphs found in the royal tombs of ancient Egypt. This embrace of using pictures to speak for us continues to this day in the emoji’s and icons on the smart phones in our pockets.
Brittany Curry is a local artist who has made a career out of helping others communicate their thoughts and strategy through art.
Under the moniker "InkyBrittany," she has helped businesses, non-profits and government entities organize their meetings and projects into graphic form since launching her company in 2015.
On Tuesday, Sulfur Art Services will present a collection of InkyBrittany’s work in a special art show at The Sentient Bean coffee, located house near Forsyth Park.
The show will illustrate some of the creative projects and works Curry has sketched out over the past five years, with a new twist.
The medium is called Graphic Recording & Facilitation – a process which synthesizes listening and drawing live, in real time. It is a professional field of practice that emerged in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1970s.
Curry herself is a graphic artist who began graphically recording board meetings and community conversations across the state as a side business to make extra money.
Using graphics, Curry says the people she worked with could better understand what they were being asked to communicate and advocate for through creating and sharing the images.
Soon, demand began to grow for her services, as companies realized the value in communicating their ideas visually.
"There’s a good amount of research showing that people who write down their goals and intentions are far more likely to achieve them than folks who do not write them down," Curry shares.
"Many of the people who invest in Graphic Recording do so because they know that having that visual piece after the Strategic Plan or the Board Retreat will serve as a daily reminder to keep them on track with their goals and commitments," she adds.
To commemorate five years as a professional graphic recorder and facilitator, InkyBrittany has created a new collection of graphics for the July 7 art show highlighting visual stories ranging from emerging local business dynamics to complex international environmental and cultural challenges.
"When the 5-year anniversary moment came up, I thought the bigger challenge to myself would be to produce a whole new set of never-before-seen graphics instead of re-showing old ones," Curry shares.
The planning of this show has been in the works since before the 2019 holidays, Curry says. But the original install date and plans for a reception were put on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Now that the show date is finally here, Curry says she hopes the audience takes away a deeper understanding of the community through the seven graphic pieces on display.
"Graphic Facilitation is not about art—it’s about communication & deep listening," Curry shares. "The power of image transcends language, culture, literacy levels and socioeconomic status. It’s a solution, not a luxury."
For more information about InkyBrittany, visit www.inkybrittany.com.