In response to our Digital Resident Jaron Hill we’ve selected five artists who have explored notions of fantasy within their work: Mark Scott-Wood, Iain Andrews, Zena Blackwell, Angela Lizon and Antoinette Burchill.
The Empancipation of the Wood-Nosed Witch (with detachable appendage), 2014
A work created with found objects, paper, paint, polish, string, fabric and a chastity device.
The Coven, 2018
Acrylic and oil on canvas.
Loose Adventure, 2021
Oil on canvas
Ye Garden of Merrie Olde England, 2019
The bodybuilder/fairy is a reaction to the macho posturing prevalent in today's world politics. The title alludes to a longing to return to an idyllic past that doesn't exist.
The Wizard of Oz (2015) London, 2015
The guerrilla street theatre performances formed the practice-based research component of my PhD titled ‘Exploring Agonism with Mischief: Participatory Performance in the Public Realm’ (2018, Loughborough University).
A contemporary political satire and 3-man walkabout street performance, adapted from L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The Tinman, Scarecrow and Lion become politicians searching for brains, heart and courage. As politicians they've lost their way. Bewildered, leaderless and unable to distinguish fantasy from reality they need guidance and instruction. They hope by asking members of the public for direction, they’ll find the yellow brick road leading to Oz.
This adaptation of The Wizard of Oz uses clowning, and irreverent mischief to question the role of politicians, and of ours as critical and forever curious citizens.
Scarecrow: Ben Adwick
Lion: Antoinette Burchill
Tinman: Paul Broesmith
Photographer: Kev Ryan
Originally produced by Freckled Mischief in collaboration with Derby Festé and the Enterprise Projects Group, Loughborough University.
Published 18 June 2021