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Art & Interpretation: Knowledge ISN’T always key to understanding.

By Melissa Canham In a generation where we are consistently shaped by our surroundings, the space between the artist and audience, can sometimes be considered to be dominated by critical interpretations and social influences. This has become overwhelmingly apparent, to the point that we can sometimes question whether our own interpretation of a piece of…

“The most famous peach in the world”: Aesthetics, Objectification and Social Media.

Arvida Byström is a revered Swedish artist, using Instagram as a platform for her politically charged digital art. Like many of her contemporaries, she has her feet firmly planted in social media, bringing her own perspective and style to the widening sphere of digital artwork. This type of classical photography that mingles with digital art and high fashion allows us as a viewer to interact with provocative concepts in a new light, creating a new kind of artistic gaze, one which is postmodernist and deconstructive. Byström’s presentation of herself and her art is thus uniquely autonomous; she has full control over the distribution of her images. This allows her a kind of artistic agency that is rarely possible in the world of physical art. With her 230K followers, the reach of her hyper-visual and visceral art is ever-growing and increasingly accessible; subsequently this medium combats the issue of inaccessibility and elitist art plaguing contemporary art spheres.

Texts, Textiles and Tw*ts

I’ve been told many times that swearing is ‘unladylike.’ Frankly, I don’t give a shit. Neither, apparently, do the members of the Profanity Embroidery Group, in Whitstable. I first heard about the group on the Channel 4 documentary Kathy Burke’s All Women, which explored what exactly it means to be a woman in 2019. The Profanity Embroidery Group (or PEG for short), founded in 2014, are a group of women (and two men!) who meet twice a month down the pub to stitch swear words onto quilts.

@thewhitepube: The Duo Redefining Contemporary Art Criticism

by Hannah Sayles   The art world today is one of the most elitist and white industries in Britain. Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad are two Central St Martins Fine Art graduates who met in 2005 and began to write about the contemporary art world on their own terms. Their collaborative identity, The…