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I'M ELIOT LORD

In brief I make political art . . . 

So what does that really mean?

Me at the continuing September 2019 Brexit democracy protests in Parliament Square 

Boris Can't Get Clean

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019, Leeds Art Gallery, Courtesy New Contemporaries. Photography by Jules Lister.

Trump on Trump Beanbag for Political Living Room 2019 final display

Quick Idea: Tory Story Badge 2019

How do we keep sane when following politics? When I listen to the budget and Parliament goes into jargon mode I lose the will to follow. Why can't they just keep it simple and say it like it is? It’s not rocket science. That's what I want to get through to people who say politics is boring or too complicated. It doesn't have to be. I call my studio work politics play as opposed to work. My politics play tries to simplify and make politics fun and approachable to all. I make fun stuff for people who want to get into politics, but struggle.

 

My tools? Print, ProMarkers, pastels, poster paint, pin badges. My posters and drawings are of a naïve style, informative but accessible. My politics play relies on the chaos of government, and currently that means brexit. It's constantly being rewritten, with the government not knowing how to handle it. Every government department passes the buck and this gets to the point where no one knows what’s going on. My politics play is humorous and helps to make people understand through colour, comedy and caricatures. It's turning an asinine comment of great importance said by a politician (cough, Trump, Boris) into a laughing fest. Because if you can't laugh at your own country's woes, you cry instead and that’s not right!  

 

Every day, I visit the NewsNow website to find out the political stories I should be focusing on. I use stills of politician’s faces to caricaturise them. I also visit Facebook comment sites and cartoonist twitter pages. This aims to build a narrative in my head. Morten Morland is a particularly useful cartoonist to consult as I find that his work is engaging and easy for the majority to understand.

In my beanbag piece, I explore politics in a home environment, a topic I feel will persist in my work. I wish to involve my audience in a fun way. The beanbag is the most informal and comfy seat there is! And of course, the ability to trump on Trump makes the work silly but also helps make the audience aware of the issues around the world. It is about creating conversations with the viewer and drawing people in. Politics seems scary but I want to make it fun and understandable.

 

Hogarth is one of my references that consolidates this idea for me. Gin Lane shows societal commentary of Britain using humour. In the same way, modern artists like Grayson Perry tempt us to look into news by presenting caricatures of people supporting Brexit and Europe. He does this in ‘Matching Pair’(2017).In a way I wish to be operating in between these artists, taking Hogarth’s dark humour, Grayson’s Brexit starkness and mix it with references to pop culture in my badgemaking to enable a wider ranging discussion about politics. 

I want you to look at my playing with politics as a way to becoming informed on current affairs. Politics is people and I think it’s important that we’re all included in it. 

CURRICULUM VITAE- THE BORING BIT

Education

2019-2021

Newcastle University MFA Fine Art

Newcastle

2016-2019

Kingston University BA Fine Art 

London

2015-2016

Kingston University Art & Design Foundation

London

OPEN TO COLLABORATIONS. CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED

PAST COLLABORATIONS

2019

BCX Bentall Centre Exhibition A very Brexish Summer collaboration with Hend Ezat

Arranging and coordinating a Fake News Broadcast with Hugo Altendorf, Emmanouela Megkistou and Caitlin Reilly 

Font design project with Harvey Wise producing Eliot Hand Regular and Lord Wise Regular

Political portraiture 3modelmaking project with Harvey Wise

2018

Designing political postcard fronts for Joe Moreno - Write to your MP mini project as part of the to_my_mp project. 

2016

Politics In Real Life Collaborative Performance with Kate O'Dell and Rosie Johnson

Latest Exhibitions

2019

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019

Leeds Art Gallery and South London Gallery

2019

AVNX Kingston University Fine Art Degree Show

London

2019

BCXhibition 2019

Bentall Centre, Kingston 

2019

Kingston University Making and Showing

London

2018

Kingston University Design Market

London

2017

Kingston University second year fine art show

London

2016

Kingston University first year fine art show

London

2015

"CAKE" Kingston University Art & Design Foundation final show

London

MY MEDIA MENTIONS

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