Magdalene Leung
The Day Diary: Remote


Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
From having deep insecurities after uni, hopelessness towards political situation in home town, to living ‘new normals’ over continuous lockdowns during the pandemic. I wanted to explore and reevaluate my ironic relationship with my mobile phone, through the lens of my silhouette on screen - How (in)dependent i am living with(out) it? How it has ‘control’ over my lifestyle and mental health?

How was the illustration used:
I created ‘The Day Diary: Remote’ (part of ‘The Object_Diary’) as a self-initiated project.By translating my mind into shapes, expressing mood into colours, it served as a daily form of documentation, expression and mindfulness exercise. It helped me to cope with anxiety.

How did you make this work:
They were created digitally using Procreate. Each phone silhouette was drawn directly by observation, without copying any template, making every piece unique.To make the context as authentic, each illustration was drawn on same day before memory got fade away. In the backgrounds, also reflected hints of events that took place on the day. This project had conducted for 185 consecutive days.

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Central Saint Martins
Graphic Communication Design
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Currently Based:
London, United Kingdom

Born in Hong Kong, Magdalene moved to the UK in 2012 to study Art and Design education. Later gained a BA in Graphic Communication Design from Central Saint Martins in 2019. Currently based in London, she worked for a contemporary artist and now pursuing own path. She enjoys capturing intangible emotions. The concept of using colours consciously as narrative tool, continues to inform her work.