I was pleased to find Ellie Vandoorne, the artist in question, sat by the window. Armed with my microphone, she hid any hint of disapproval at the suggestion of an impromptu interview. Specialising in mixed media collage work, Vandoorne creates stylised female portraits worthy of the description, “iconic”.
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We sat down with Jacs, The Founder of Salomé Literature, a magazine and online community set up in the name of supporting upcoming female writers. ‘It is a message of empowerment, being fierce and brave’, she says. I wanted to create a community as well, I didn’t just want it to be just a magazine.
“One girl, hundreds of questions”. That was the synopsis of Lunar Objects Theatre’s “Am I If”, a one-woman show that featured a series of anecdotes addressing the confusion of when you find yourself caught between girlhood and womanhood. Before I sat down to watch “Am I If?” I was intrigued by the idea of a solo act, I admit I was a little concerned. My scepticism came following my interview with them…
I feel a lot of responsibility to create work that tackles issues that affect women, more so than anything else. Not just because I identify as a female but because who else will? I feel a kinship with other female illustrators because if I see something really good done by another female illustrator, I’m like “yes!”. As a community, illustration is a good place for women.
Judy Chicago for example explored menstrual taboo by creating an installation called “Menstruation Bathroom” (1995) in a bid to gain acknowledgement in society for menstruation as a natural part of existence rather than a women’s shame, yet tampons are still classed as a luxury item twenty-two years after her work!
I sat down with Lunar Objects Theatre for a chat about their upcoming show “Am I If?”, performing at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre as part of Camden Fringe on Sunday 27th August. Made up of Bramble Wallace and Elizabeth Rigby, they started Lunar Objects Theatre this year and even though they only graduated last […]
On this occasion, I not only got to see the work but see the artist talk in depth about it and… get served pasta at the end. Dinner and a show! Dedicated to the survival and support of emerging artists and curators, The Zabludowicz Collection has its own series, “Zabludowicz Collection Invites”, which is dedicated to providing solo presentations for UK-based artists who don’t yet have commercial gallery representation.
I admire Mir’s collaborative approach because it provides a whole host of metaphors for what art is capable of doing. A whole team of people creating something impressive proves that art brings people together both in the gallery space and the creative process. I also think there’s something special about doing a show using materials that the majority have access to; the humble pen and paper.
Wonder Woman’s earned just under $150 million and has been hailed by critics as DC’s saviour… Jenkins has been wanting to do this film since she was in talks with Warner Brothers about it in 2005. So, why is Wonder Woman the heroine we’ve been waiting for?