Cooked – Cooked Ian Cooke Tapia Personal Portfolio
I am many things.Freelance illustrator, writer, entrepreneur and instigator.

Take a gander down the gallery at the front of this website, and you can see that, at least visually, I hold many tools: brush, pen, printing mediums, pixels, words and vectors. As a practitioner, indeed, as a person I like to think that everything can be of inspiration and provide a tool through which solve a wonderous problem. I’ve translated this practicality of making into the more abstract ways in which my practice operates. I am an artist who works through Intersectionality. Taken from social studies, intersectionality is the idea that related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination, and multiple group identities intersect to create a whole that is different from the component parts. To simplify, my work likes to exist in in-between spaces. Not always social and critical, my work is an amalgamation of processes and ideas to create a whole.

My projects such as Coyote Crosses the Continent, and An Incomplete Timeline of Isthmian Identi(ty/ties) are examples of how I can bring many thoughts processes to fruition through visual storytelling. The former is an ongoing series of stories and images that asks the question of what happens to folk knowledge and folk heroes through animal migration. The latter ponders ideas of indigenous identity and post-colonial nationhood through a merging of Pre-Columbian and European art. idn live

I mostly work with direct clients who want a bespoke art piece, be a tattoo or a short story. I’ve worked with online and paper publications, done exhibitions of archival projects, and exhibited in small galleries.

I am currently launching two new businesses, one focusing on post-engagement interaction through in-situ illustration; and the second one, Ffangaí, a community arts organization.

I am available for commissions.

During the week of October 16, 2017, I participated in an event called Kick-Start: Cardiff, a wonderful international programme put on by Visiting Arts. To take from the blog article summarizing the event:

Kick Start: Cardiff, the international creative entrepreneurship event produced as part of the Creative Tracks programme, brought together over 100 attendees from 20 countries including a delegation of 30 inspiring creative changemakers in Wales from 16 to 19 October during Sŵn Festival and celebrations for Creative Cardiff’s Second Birthday. The conference encouraged exchange around the role and value of the creative entrepreneur and how the arts and creative industries are driving regional/ rural economies.

Beyond being a delegate and engaging with a number of colleagues from across the world, I did what I do best when in an environment where information, experience and inspiration is delivered often from one speaker to many. I drew. I drew, sketched, painted and wrote small notes that each speaker had to say. This process is often a very selfish one, for these notes often end up being forgotten in my tower of old sketchbooks and done only to serve my own purposes. But the thing about such exchanges of information, is that they are an amazing wealth that could be given to many more if properly recorded. Of course, there’s videos of presentations, but not every single talk, conference, event can be recorded in this way. And this is where I come in, to give life to what could be a really dry event.

The visual notes first appear as, well, notes in a sketchbook. These pages serve as the basis for a finished, cleaner product and capture an editorial look at the event. The very nature of note-taking is editorial and when one takes on such a project an editorial purpose must be taken: is it reporting the event as it happens, is it taking on a particular political viewpoint on the speakers’ words, or am I looking for illustrative inspiration hidden in unmeant metaphors? Am I being comedic and capturing the jokes?

Moving forward with visual notetaking as a business, service and part of my practice, the initial editorial purpose of the artefact the notes will inspire is paramount and will indeed define what sort of notes I’ll be taking.

Standing somewhere between a record of an event and a summary of information given at talks, the booklet I produced for Kick-Start: Cardiff became a very colourful project. The booklet took compositional inspiration from the sketchbook, of course, but the actual making of this book helped inform the notetaking and reporting progress so that the next project will not only look better but its production will be smoothed over. Here are some images from the project, but the full show can be found on my Behance page.