Artists and designers since the year dot have used creativity to critique the political landscape they find themselves in, and to fuel new possible ways of thinking.
From interrupting the pages of mainstream magazines, to staging large scale processions for causes such as the brilliant suffragettes’ parade that happened on 10 June this year. If you’ve ever been annoyed about something in life, then you may have channeled that and used it to your advantage by getting creative.
“We still have some time to take advantage of the fact that radio and television stations are not yet guarded by the army.” ― Guy Debord
For me, the word ‘recklessness’ perfectly describes how it feels to be in that impulsive yet creative moment. To let go. This reckless feeling might then create something that leads you to reclamation; the idea of emphasizing something that should belong to you. Or just like the women in the vote processions, celebrating something that you have a right to. Below are some examples of how different artists may be reckless in order to reclaim something important.
Credit: ‘The Dora’s’, video by Rosemary Cronin. During the Auto-Destructive Art movement there has been a curious lack of female-identifying artists. My own practice is designed to create spaces for women to destroy; for example engaging in food fights and trashing electric guitars. I also pour house gloss paint onto bus stop sized advertising posters to subvert the original intention of these glossy and smooth images into something more bizarre and often sinister.