Today’s Words of Wisdom artwork comes from artist Megan Pickering…enjoy!
Describe a bit about yourself and your work?
My work is mixed-media and is a constant exploration into gender politics. I use my work as a tool to question the wider idea of preconceived and pre-constructed notions of what gender is in contemporary society.
I am a London based artist, studying BA Fine Art at Chelsea. Alongside my studies I am actively involved with Tate Britain and Modern, as part of Tate Collective, a peer lead advisory group.
What are your words of wisdom and why?
‘Feminism isn’t about women’. Often feminism is misunderstood and misrepresented, I wanted my postcard raise questions around the meaning of feminism and who it concerns. Feminism isn’t solely about women, it is about equality, sex, gender, masculinity, capitalism, racism, the class system, veganism, pubes and so much more.
Who is your role-model?
Mainly Xena Warrior Princess, but I have many influences, from artists Shirin Neshat, Suzanne Lacy and Jenny Holzer, to author and eco-feminist Carol J. Adams, as well as TV characters Leslie Knope and Buffy Summers.
I have recently be creating works highlighting inequalities in Yarl’s Wood immigration centre, which I would like to exhibit. I have been involved in a range of exhibitions the past year, in different spaces, from Cultivate Gallery London, Mori and Stein Gallery London, to LaDIYfest Sheffield and Empty Shop Durham. I’d like to continue putting on and taking part in DIY style shows, with like-minded artists.