Artist Miriam Elia says she is both sceptical and optimistic. “I really enjoy making something that undermines the philosophy of contemporary art – but what I’m making is contemporary art.”
I’ve written about the Ladybird Books before, here and here: those cheap but well-produced little hardback books taught a generation to read, a time when video phones and apps were the stuff of a dystopian, almost nightmarish, vision of the future.
In her art, the postwar optimism embodied in the perky Peter and Jane learning system clashes delightfully with the wilful nihilism of the modern art scene.
“Everything I do is about a violent clash between two things that makes something funny. That clash is the backdrop of my life.”
There are several more images here but some are NSFW.