“I was 14 when I started modeling. At the end of that first day my mum said, ‘If you want to do this, you’re on your own, because I’m not traipsing around London ever again like that. It’s a nightmare’ ” Kate Moss.
“As an artist, I have a responsibility to art. As a human being, I have a responsibility to society. I was brought up a socialist and I think of myself as a feminist and I don’t need to defend my political stance.” Allen Jones. From a Guardian interview, 2014.
This is the sixteenth square of my London Faces Patchwork. It is a patchwork of papers gleaned from the pavements of the city in which I live. There are twenty-five squares making up the whole piece. You can see it here.
Kate Moss was born in Croydon, 1974.
Allen Jones studied at The Royal College Of Art.
Taken from Body Armour by Allen Jones, 2013.
The Square is cut from a Royal Academy leaflet, advertising Jones’ retrospective in 2014. I visited this exhibition the same day I went to a Schiele exhibition at The Courtauld. Both exhibitions could have been perceived as pornographic. Yet, the Schiele I saw as being extremely beautiful, favourite exhibition of the year, in fact. The Allen exhibition, made me feel uncomfortable. I have never liked his work, but reserved judgement as I had only ever seen reproductions, until this show. My reaction to both exhibitions perplexed me, I am still pondering, even now.
The patchwork is in my shop.