Plight of the Citizens – Statement

Plight of the Citizens was an exhibition that explored my cultural heritage and was inspired by an album of matchbox covers left to me by my Polish grandfather. It provided source material for a series of drawings that were inspired by his fascination with phillumeny.

The drawings combined elements of Polish culture with that of Soviet design. Visual elements about each culture existed in parallel, forming new narratives. They were attempting to combine the grittiness of life under a communist regime with the playful accident of collage making. Subjects as varied in theme as state institutions and the rustic, the astrological and the pastoral, the domestic and the urban acted as settings for a drama that combined fear, surprise and camaraderie.