Beth Land goes by the artist name ‘Pig Meat’ which comes from being bitten by a pig when she was 12. The 22 year old illustration student is currently studying in her final year at Leeds Arts University studying Visual Communication. Her practice is driven by finding the bizarre in the mundane and banal. Her collection of dark humoured, satirical work is influenced by her absurdist view of social constructs and the world.
To put the theme ‘Multiply’ into play, I used a DNA molecule to represent Covid which I then repeated several times as my background layer. To add texture I placed in a grid effect. My signature artist colours tend to be pinks and purples, hence the main background colour.
These designs are a conceptual view of my experience with the pandemic.
In both designs you can see the spreading of the virus between the
characters I have drawn. The image of the person with two faces that
repeats in both designs was a character I came up with over lockdown and
ended up spending a lot of time drawing and developing.
These designs depict the nature of how a virus spreads as well as my own experience with self reflection throughout the lockdowns. Having spent a lot of time by myself in my room I find myself looking to my own physical reflection for company as well as having the time to be reflective of other aspects of my life, personality, boundaries and values. The nature of these illustrations are quite confusing and can be hard to decipher. This illustration style was one I developed during the pandemic and I think it reflects the confusing nature of the last 10 months.