Tumim and Prendergast’s project Surreal Estate uses the built environment as a metaphor for the human condition. We are influenced by Surrealism which was a European cultural movement developed in the aftermath of World War One. The Surrealists created drawing and writing games to allow the unconscious mind to express itself and to start this project we played their game Exquisite Corpse, a game most of us played as children where paper is folded into sections and passed between players. Our drawings created vivid and absurd fictions which we arranged into streets, as each drawing was structured as a tenement building. We are currently working on paintings inspired by the drawings and have completed the series called Angel Street.
The drawings are available as conservation giclee fine art prints and cards from our shop ChrisTildaStudio on Etsy.
Access to our studio in Dundee has been limited recently and we have been working from home. This has given us the opportunity to set up an Etsy shop and also to make mindfulness drawings called Knot Gardens, that can be downloaded here for free. We have enjoyed uploading completed drawings returned to us. Be brave and email us a scan or jpeg of your knot garden to firstname.lastname@example.org we will not post names unless asked. We will exhibit your coloured in drawings on our Knot Gardens Gallery and Instagram #tumimandprendergast