When a subject is investigated, it can be hard to make sure that all bases are covered and research is correct. It gets harder when no one else has done it for you and so you can end up sieving through contradicting articles and hazy memories from participants in the events, hoping that somewhere it’ll all glue together and make sense. You have to take a logical approach to try and create a factually accurate report on a happening from the past.
This week, I have had contacted with several people who have been involved in murals back in the 1980s. One guy I had searched for 2 years ago to no avail. I had almost written him off as someone we just couldn’t get hold of without resorting to some extreme searching. However, a clue in the Vincent Harris Mural Fund archives at the Royal Academy led me to unearth the name of a colleague he had worked with. So I goggled her name, found someone who fit the bill and sent a “did you paint murals in London?” email. And hey presto, she did painted murals in London with her husband, the elusive artist I had been searching for!!
I also got contacted by another artist who was involved in working on Nuclear Dawn on Coldharbour Lane, Brixton (the hidden mural with the big skeleton painted in 1981). So it seem patience is what you need for the people to come out of the woodwork.
Now I need to talk to them and then get my sieve and start shaking the facts through into something that glues together into a bunch of pretty pictures.