Art and Politics

7 Sep 2017

Being a maker of beautiful things to wear, I used to worry about focusing exclusively on something so engagingly frivolous as jewellery.  This is where my sculptural art work has seeped in, via the cracks in a charmed life through which I am seeing pain that I feel compelled to help alleviate in any way I can.


Art can effect change by responding to political situations and initiating dialog in those who experience it.  In this way, art takes on its own political and social dimensions so that the art itself can become a focus of controversy quite apart from the situation it is commenting on.  You only need to think of the song "Free-ee Nelson Mandela" to appreciate the impact the arts can have on politics!


According to Art Critic Boris Groys, art has its own power in the world, and is as much a force in the power play of global politics today as it once was in the arena of cold war politics. 









Despite violence being the fashionable solution to conflict situations, it is no silver bullet.


Aluminium and sterling silver (sealed against tarnishing) mounted on acrylic painted canvas.











It was with these thoughts in mind that I submitted the above work for inclusion in Art The Arms Fair.  This event used the arts to highlight the presence of a huge arms fair in London in September 2017.  I supported the event primarily because I am so uncomfortable with the UK arming Saudi Arabia and the consequent human devastation in Yemen at the hands of the heartless, brandishing British weapons.  


The work was accepted (happily!) and was exhibited at SET Space in London to coincide with the fair.  There was an incredibly moving selection of work many donated by famous artists, including Banksy himself, and all sales went the Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

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