I’m gonna spend a wee bit of time introducing you to the work of my good friend and (now former) classmate Holly Macdonald. Holly creates a fresh kind of political cartoon along side her more straight forward illustration work – in the form of playful sculptures, gifs, newspapers, and interactive installations.
Back in May she had a solo exhibition at It Is What It Is in Brighton. It Is What It Is is a venue for one-week pop up shops and projects to have a space on the High Street for free. Holly had the space during the week of the election, and created her own poll booth with a twist – members of the public could vote for the political leader that they hated the most (unsurprisingly, Farage took that title in the end).
There was also lots of different activities to take part in inside – colouring in, pin the tail on the political spectrum, a special political version of guess who, dress up as Nigel Farage, protest sign making, designing your own perfect politician.. Holly’s aim is to engage an apathetic public more with the political process.
Holly also re-worked her pop-up poll booth concept for our group London show Studio 350 (another post on that later). Looking ahead to the American presidential election next year, you could vote from a range of old and new candidates.