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”.
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.
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.