How do you interpret “Ready to Wear” in your work?
My work takes on two interpretations of ‘Ready to Wear’. Starting off with my drawing Hood Politics, which depicts a Black man with his back turned from the viewer, arms behind his back and is assuming position to get arrested. It explores the politicisation, criminalisation and the demonisation of hoodies and tracksuits on the bodies of black men.
Although clothing is the ultimate way to explore our freedom of fashion. That rule does not seem to apply to minorities. The drawing is heavily inspired by the BLM Movement, and by the tragic killings of young, unarmed, Black men wearing hoodies.
The colour palette is a mix of Blue, White and Brown and is completed in a hyper realistic style. The angle of this drawing was very deliberate as the artist chose a low-angle viewpoint making the subject look strong and powerful. However this is made contradictory due to the subject having their power taken away.
The drawing takes a play on fashion as much more political than we believe it to be.