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OF LORD ART
I'M ELIOT LORD
In brief I make political art . . .
So what does that really mean?
Astoundingly basic political messaging
Time Out Magazine
Boris Can't Get Clean
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019, Leeds Art Gallery, Courtesy New Contemporaries. Photography by Jules Lister.
Common Sense Discarded, Digital drawing from personal photograph
Quick Idea: Tory Story Badge 2019
I'm Eliot Lord, an artist from London, who's been making artwork on politics for about 7 years now. Throughout this time I've often wondered how we keep sane when following politics. When I listen to practically anything in parliament, the jargon is incessant. Why can't they just keep it simple and say it like it is? It’s not rocket science. We all know Jacob Rees-Mogg isn't an honourable member. 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 don't like seeing my art as work. My art 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, but also make stuff based on what I'm into at the moment.
My tools at the minute from my home are lino print, my trusted Wacom One, and more traditional drawing media. I try to be informative, but it's complicated when there's so much misinformation out there. Politics is 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 within the Westminster Estate, let alone outside. 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 fun. 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.
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.