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Rebecca Truscott-Elves

MA work

Creusa's Lament

Creusa's Lament examines the fate of Aeneas' wife Creusa in Virgil's The Aeneid. Creusa is left behind by her husband, her spirit confined to the walls of Troy for eternity. 

Her story, little explored in visual culture, is amplified into an immersive narrative experience, allowing the audience to begin to inhabit the uncomfortable space hollowed out by Creusa’s spirit. This experience is crafted through drawing, sculpture, and spoken word. I have used the material language of the sea and the cliffs – clay, salt, and chalk – to make relics forged from the shadow Creusa’s spirit casts through history.


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2016

  • I have a background in illustration, animation and publishing. My practice is concerned with exploring the dialogue between thinking, drawing and making, alongside constructing narratives that play with truth and fiction. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Illustration and Animation, Kingston University, London, 2012
  • Experience

  • Illustration and animation consultant, International Alert, London, 2014; Editorial intern, Penguin Book Group, London, 2013; Design intern, Little, Brown Book Group, London, 2013; Children's specialist, Foyles Bookshop, London, 2012–2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Different Strokes, Hockney Gallery, London, UK, 2016; Over the Line, Poetry Café, London, UK, 2015; London Illustration Fair, Hoxton Arches, London, UK, 2014; Not For Rental, 71a Gallery, London, UK, 2013; Rare, Rochelle School, London, UK, 2012; The Edge of Print, Stour Space, London, UK, 2012; Pictoplasma: Post-Digital Monsters, La Gaité Lyrique, Paris, France, 2011; Shop!, KK Outlet, London, UK, 2011
  • Awards

  • Highly Commended, Cheltenham Illustration Awards, 2013; Shortlisted, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, 2012; Narrative Prize, Kingston University, 2012
  • Publications

  • Over the Line: An Introduction to Poetry Comics, Sidekick Books, 2015; Illustrated Gardening Journal, Cicada Books, 2014