My practice has a strong focus on perception and identity. How we percieve and consume information that is presented to us, and how our identities are formed by information and tribes that we affiliate ourselves to. I have a particular interest in politics which features heavily in my practice and became the crux of the focus within this research question.
I took a deep dive archiving and analysing the history of protest in the United Kingdom, paying a particular interest to the langauge and aesthetic that has shifted over time. In my research I was fascinated in the tone of protest and how language is used within the context of the placard.
Alongside this area of research I started to explore the work of William Morris, someone whos creative work combined his revolutionary ideas with his poetry and his artistic works. I was particularly struck by the piece ‘The Orchard’ in which four figures are holding a scroll with a piece of William Morris’ poetry. The scroll struck me as akin to the protest banner of today, and it began to ask questions of if you could start to recontextualise or find new artistic meanings in the world of protest.
Taking protests like The Grunwick Dispute and The March for the Iraq war I started to repose the language used in placards into a form of poetry, reactiviating the words and asking questions on the registers of protest.
How can the ways in which we consume language change our personal perspectives or perception of the message?