Installation shot of artworks at Airspace Gallery
Installation shot of artworks at Airspace Gallery

As part of SpeakEasy. Image credit: Airspace Gallery

Ordinary People Have More Power
Ordinary People Have More Power

Collage with inked newsprint (2021)

Breaking a Culture of Domination
Breaking a Culture of Domination

Collage with inked newsprint and calico (2021)

Installation shot of artworks at Airspace Gallery
Installation shot of artworks at Airspace Gallery

As part of SpeakEasy. Image credit: Airspace Gallery

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Ordinary People Have More Power & Breaking a culture of domination

Ordinary People Have More Power is a quote from a local participant during a planting and art project I worked on at PEER. Taking place across multiple community sites, the project navigated bureaucratic structures and encouraged questions around power, authority and ownership in relation to public space, tastes and values.

Quoting American author, feminist and social activist bell hooks, Breaking a culture of domination proposes a re-examination of the systems that govern us. Upon whose authority are our decisions guided if all members of a community are not treated fairly? The depiction of a crowd alludes to recent threats on people’s right to protest.

These prints use leftover ink that has been pressed into paper, taking on a new life as a material to collage and test ideas. I plan to scale up Ordinary People Have More Power into a large tapestry which I am currently working on.

Both works feature in Airspace Gallery's, in Stoke-on-Trent, SpeakEasy exhibition and is on display in their window from 16 – 23 April 2021.

 

SpeakEasy is a brand new programme of 5 x 1-week exhibitions of digitally printed posters, displayed in the Print Window of AirSpace Gallery, for visual creatives to reflect on and respond to the issues of our day. SpeakEasy comes from a place of protest and an urgency to speak out and be heard. Inspired by the print revolution, which gave platform to voices that were unheard, reaching an audience of the hitherto under (or selectively) informed. Well into the mid‐fifteenth century, books remained printed by hand, and were thus harder to obtain. Exposure to books and their information was predominantly a privilege of the wealthy, that is until Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. Gutenberg's invention revolutionised western culture in ways that would help shape and spread political and ideological change, and encourage revolution.

SpeakEasy believes in the power of the artist's voice, in the power of the message and in the power of print.