I have also been influenced by the 2015 documentary ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’. I was interested in how such a renowned genius and well-distinguished public figure could actually be callous, cruel and uncaring. I was fascinated about the conflict between being a visionary aiming to change the world, whilst also having an arguably questionable personal character. This further made me think on the role of the public figure, the importance of their media character, and how the public perceive and process this information.
‘The Shove’ (2015)
From G8 poster series (2013)
‘Photo Op’ (2006)
‘Thatcher pukes up the welfare state’ (1986)
Following the brief of creating a propaganda poster, I wanted to explore the work of artists that use well-known faces to show the abuse of power in society from the highest level, as I am interested in the disconnect between the idolisation of the powerful figure and their true, perhaps more ruthless natures. This is a primary theme in Peter Kennard’s work as he uses renowned political figures, and highlights the injustices of their policies, revealing their unadulterated selves through the use of photomontage.