Art Save the Queen @ Adlib Gallery @ OxoTower
The collections of queens I made for the Art Save The Queen project is called Multividuality and is composed of 200 Queens: there is the Queen of Angels, Queen of Lovers, the Queen of Dreamers but also the Queen of Frequencies and the Queen of Acoustics. Each piece is individually created in multiple disciplines and layers of drawings, writings, sound and waterpaintigs in a master .jpg. The wordings composing the drawing are made up of little poems for the occasion as an ode to the Queen and her legacy.
Water paintings are made by floating colours on water and part of the collection is made with water and sound paintings I created in collaboration with the composer Timothy Ellis. A sound painting is an image that can only be made by forcing an interaction between suspended colours and sound. In this case the paint moves to low frequency sound from a modular synthesiser. The image is captured to paper only at the point of disruption and therefore new creation.
“Working with an iconic figure such as Elisabeth II made me reflect on how multitude and singularity are inevitably part of the same narrative for every human being. After all we all need to belong to a community while maintaining our own individuality. The saying ‘We are hers and she is ours”, conveys a sense of equality within difference where all humans- despite their privileges- must deal with the same life’s rituals of passage and emotions: birth, death, love, disappointment or sadness. She is a queen, and she is also a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a lover and I guess this is important when portraying a monarch in a democratic age. “