I've been trying to work out a way of drawing what I feel about the Brexit referendum.
I was provoked to create these particular images by the way those who voted to leave the EU were widely castigated as racist, misinformed and parochial after the result. It made me realise that we need some new form of allegory for the 21st century, a way of illustrating values and ideas that can inspire us to change the world.
This was my third attempt.
Discovering neoclassicism in Venice last year inspired me to play with Greek myths. (Interestingly all the classical images of the Rape of Europa depict Europa as not at all bothered by the fact she’s being abducted - by Zeus in disguise.) Here Europa and her bull are in cahoots against the EU octopus.
The EU’s role is invidious particularly because it’s so invisible. Drawing it as an octopus (a common metaphor for the EU on the continent) and using words on the arms, gave me eight options and a chance to show several concepts, like technocracy, more easily than by drawing a picture of them.
Signed, museum-quality original digital print.