Emma McNally's Drawings
Sarah Shalgosky

Emma McNally's Drawings in the Maths Houses

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Although the University of Warwick was only founded in 1965, it already has some listed buildings on campus. These are the Maths Houses. Built between 1968-69, these curvilinear buildings house visiting mathematicians and their families. Designed by architect Bill Howell, of Howell, Killick, Partridge and Amis, in collaboration with Sir Christopher Zeeman, they introduced the legendary blackboards that line the walls of the Institute of Mathematics into these homes. The study has blackboards running continuously around the curved walls, high enough for the mathematician to work but also “low enough for small children to use the bottom bit.”

Artist Emma McNally was resident in one of the Maths houses at the end of November. With writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz, they attended seminars and lectures with staff of the Institute of Mathematics as part of This_is_Tomorrow, organised by Warwick Arts Centre. This_is_Tomorrow brings together artists and academics to share and discuss ideas which prompt both groups to make new work. Emma McNally makes complex drawings, deploying an infinite variety of marks across a surface. While at Warwick, she started to work in white chalk on the blackboards, inverting her usual images. These beautiful drawings are temporary but can be viewed here.