I love to work with words, paint and cardboard. Usually, I paint signs on cardboard.
I am interested in the intersection between the political and the psychological: for example, how trauma or complex post-traumatic stress disorder - and recovery from it - might impact political beliefs. But my thinking is informed more by my reading in psychology and economics than by critical theory. I find the notion that the political is personal (ie informed by individual psychology) more interesting than the accepted maxim that the personal is political. Recently I have made works exploring how my own psychological healing has impacted my political outlook in ways I have found unexpected and disconcerting (eg (Off) Centrist Mum (2023) and I've Already Changed My Mind About That Bit (the Hostage to Fortune ongoing series, 2023) see below).
I also love to facilitate fun and joy in a contemporary art world that tends to the earnest. When RCA Contemporary Art Practice students went to the Tate Modern to take part in March 2023’s Tate Late, I discovered to my delight that my painted cardboard signs can be a brilliant catalyst for interaction and engagement at cultural events. Plus they look great on social media, where a handmade, faux naive aesthetic really pops in a homogeneously slick digital visual landscape. My signage for this event involved shamelessly coopting protest aesthetics for institutional ends. To great effect. But don't take my word for it, have a look below...
So at the IRL RCA 2023 show, do come visit Mary Amelia London’s Selfie Art Photo-booth, where my colourful, humorous, outsized analogue versions of digital ‘stickers’ will be available to use as props to enhance your essential show selfies.
Before doing my MA I worked in journalism, marketing and as a mum. I gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Art and Design at the RCA in 2021.