The Anti-Fashionistas and the Contortionists Festival Banners

Date: October 29, 2015 Category: , , , , ,


I up-cycled four canvas banners, each 6 metres long, made for display on the skatepark, prime public space in the centre of Village Green arts festival. These images were made with high visibility in mind across a crowded space and were shown alongside the ‘Body Maps’ and ‘Contortionists’ vinyl series from 2014. The banners are really activated with the interaction of people and the random ‘echoes’ of body language and posture of the painted and real figures…

The theme suggests the absurdities of the fashion industry, its insistence on body perfections and impossible ideals and the wider impact of corporatism on ‘ownership’ of our own selves…

The canvas was upcycled from a previous project: my drawings incorporate the expressive childrens drawings that were already embedded on the canvas. These traces and remains break up the picture space and function as creative interventions into my ‘slick’ line.

Many of the drawings are taken directly from my sketchbooks of English National Ballet dancers in movement. These tiny instantaneous drawings, when blown up to 5ft high, create a dynamic presence.


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The Contortionists vinyl banners were sponsored by Outdoor Plus billboard company in 2014. The idea was to activate ‘dead space’ around the festival site and to soften some of the security fencing. The images were constructed from small collages exploring the collision of disparate elements and distorting the figure which created real drama when blown up big. Essentially, I created a giant outdoor art gallery of the skate park. Being durable, the banners are re-presented every year in different locations across Village Green festival, they have become part of its visual identity and always manage to recreate themselves in different environments.