Lady Kitt Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
I'm an artist, activist, Nasty Women and drag King. I work nationally and internationally in a socially engaged practice with a focus on "making cultures" and craftivism . I like making art with performance, paper cutting , research and jokes.
It's all driven by an insatiable curiosity about the social functions of art, from nail art and baking to graffiti, Instagram and pretty much anything else you can think of.
My practice roughly falls into three areas: paper cutting, performance and research. Theses are often combined to create a series of investigations into making cultures, from community cafes to scientific research groups. I use familiar situations, simple making techniques and everyday materials to explore my own and other people’s relationships with making, viewing, participating in and buying art.
In the live elements of my practice, I use folk performance, drag, crafting traditions, social media, workshops, mobile phones and jokes to open lines of communication about and through the work.
These events often result in me making intricate papercuts, which are then displayed and sold as works in their own right. Typically depicting cultural or religious symbols and created by cutting tiny repetitive shapes from a single sheet of paper (for example a crucifix made of emojis or the Statue of Liberty made from Xs-to represent kisses / votes on a polling card). The paper I use can have an inherent value of its own (a £50 note or a betting slip) and the cutting process changes this. The original worth of the paper is destroyed, but cutting creates new value(s). A percentage of money raised by selling my paper cuts is always used to fund my social practice. Creating a situation where my commercial art practice supports social change through art. With this process, I invite viewers (and buyers) to become involved in the cycle and consider what it offers to them.
Through discussions, workshops, questions, shared meals, and a little bit of ethnographic research, I want to better understand the social roles of art-what we use it for, how we value it, what forms it takes and how it can help communities be more inclusive, generous, useful, resilient and fun. I document, share, and celebrate what I find by making my own work, running workshops, collaborating with practitioners from a wide range of fields, devising and presenting performance lectures, creating online content, throwing parties and chatting.