With a focus on the Department for Work and Pension benefits system, my series ‘Headlines’ tells the stories of the injustices individuals have experienced with the DWP and the sheer mass of poverty and austerity across the UK. The series aims to highlight the prejudice the media has against the working-classes by presenting various headlines found on news websites such as the Daily Mail. After feeling personally victimised on a number of occasions by the media as a working-class person myself, (see: the words ‘benefit scroungers’ in almost every newspaper), I intend to expose the misrepresentation of working-class people by the British media. I aim to turn it around on itself and present the ugly truths to be up for debate, to create a topic of conversation through my work rather than just a catchy clickbait headline which ultimately offends a huge portion of the country. The colours in this series remain minimal, and the main focus is on the text and the material (wool). The frames or apparatus in this instance are exhibited bare and in their truthful and original state, with nothing taken away or added after the intense and time-consuming process of tufting.
This series was shown alongside the ‘Notes’ series at the Chelsea College of Arts Fine Art Undergraduate Degree Show 2019.
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‘Man Wins.’ 2019. Synthetic wool on hessian. Dimensions: 150cm(L) x 140(H) x 60(D)
‘Scroungers.’ 2019. Synthetic wool on hessian. Dimensions: 150cm(L) x 140(H) x 60(D)
‘Lying Bitch.’ Synthetic wool on hessian. Dimensions: 150cm(L) x 140(H) x 60(D)