Political Portraits Made From Handwritten Text

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 60 months ago
Political Portraits Made From Handwritten Text
Annemarie Wright, Boris Johnson - Borrisimo. Image courtesy of the artist
Annemarie Wright, Boris Johnson - Borrisimo. Image courtesy of the artist
Annemarie Wright, Winston Churchill - The British Bulldog. Image courtesy of the artist
Annemarie Wright, Winston Churchill - The British Bulldog. Image courtesy of the artist
Annemarie Wright, What you think of David Cameron. Image courtesy of the artist
Annemarie Wright, What you think of David Cameron. Image courtesy of the artist
Annemarie Wright, Nelson Mandela - Long road to freedom. Image courtesy of the artist
Annemarie Wright, Nelson Mandela - Long road to freedom. Image courtesy of the artist
Annemarie Wright, Margaret Thatcher - the iron Lady. Image courtesy of the artist
Annemarie Wright, Margaret Thatcher - the iron Lady. Image courtesy of the artist
Annemarie Wright, John & Yoko - If you want it. Image courtesy of the artist
Annemarie Wright, John & Yoko - If you want it. Image courtesy of the artist

Unusual materials and methods are something of a current trend in art. We've seen dollar bills, wine corks, train tickets, floppy disks, typewriters and many more everyday items co-opted by artists to create impressive artworks.

The latest innovative artist to catch our eye is Annemarie Wright, who uses handwriting to create political portraits. It's only upon close inspection that her true message is revealed — you might, for example, discover a dangling Boris made up of words from his speeches at the Olympics and a Tory party conference.

Bill Clinton's indiscretions are exposed in a portrait formed from his words of denial during the Lewinsky scandal, and we can only imagine what the public opinions about David Cameron have to say.

But there are also positive political messages to be had with Mandela's long walk to freedom speech acting as the source material for his smiling visage. And the stoic stare of the brave Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, shot last year by the Taliban, features all the messages from well wishers she received while recovering in hospital.

These are spectacular, innovative pieces, and all the more poignant for the political messages contained within. With over 20 works on display, we're looking forward to this solo exhibition.

Annemarie Wright, #PopPolitics is on at Woolff Gallery, 89 Charlotte St, W1T 4PU from May 31 to June 19. Admission is free.

Last Updated 24 May 2013

Drew Ascot Lowe

This is amazing, what an incredible talent. I will definitely be heading tonLondon for this one!