WINNERS:

BETH LAND

BETH LAND

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.

About the work:

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.




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SHIRAAZ ALI

SHIRAAZ ALI

Shiraaz Ali is a visual artist, architecture graduate and inventor based in Yorkshire. His practice is sustainable and eco-friendly and rooted in a simple admiration for nature. His intention through all artforms is to capture fleeting, intangible and metaphysical moments and suspend them in time.

About the work:

‘MULTIPLY LOVE’

The ethos behind these designs is to show that love and happiness can be multiplied faster than any virus. Inspiration stems from observing the natural world in all its wonder and majesty, such as the process of mitosis or microscopic imagery of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine in the brain responsible for our feelings of love and happiness.

Pioneer CDJ 2000NXS2 skin – The multiplication of neurons in the brain, a process called neurogenesis, provides the backdrop for the new design with the feature old red logo on the wheel. The new logo shows that the ORBS company is in our DNA and its memory will live on through us all whilst the dragon symbolizes the strength, determination and courage of Old Red to never quit and power through these challenging times.

Cassette - ‘WE ARE ALL JUNGALISTS’ – We must multiply and spread happiness, love and Jungle music to all. The piece celebrates our anticipation for the time everyone can rave in peace and love once more.

Slipmats – The centre of the new designs features the molecular structure of the neurotransmitter serotonin in an eternal circular fractal symbolizing that happiness and love is at the core of us all. The process of cell reproduction called mitosis illustrates our chromosomes as hearts to present the eternal and infinite multiplication of love happening inside us at this very moment.

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