Hello Pants Projecteers – you’re in store for a treat today.
The past month at The Pants Project has been relatively quiet, apart from some very exciting preparations getting underway (more on that soon!) and is therefore unworthy of a ‘blog’ – as such. Instead, I have collaborated with an out-of-this-world artist, Kitty Abberton, to bring you something a million times better than a blog. By way of attempt to accompany her wonderful work with some less wonderful words, April’s blog has become a commentary of art, it’s place in society, and its eternal importance. Find Kitty Abberton X The Pants Project below, and allow her to become your next insta-muse here: https://www.instagram.com/tittyabberton/
Yesterday was the 4th of May, or if you’ve lived on planet earth, Star Wars day. I found myself on Facebook (a place I only really frequent these days when I’m on a hunt for dog memes) and stumbled upon a fan-made video someone had created in memory of the great Carrie Fisher, running as a reel of her most inspiring quotes. Admittedly, I planned on scrolling quickly past this video, feeling a little cynical and incredulous, but one of the quotes caught my eye. I can’t honestly vouch for the verifiability of these words, and whether they indeed came from the wonderful Miss Fisher, but here they are:
“I don’t want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art.” – Carrie Fisher
Without turning this piece into a very boring, academic philosophy essay about the meaning of life and in-definitive definition of art, I do want to talk about what art can do for us today. After I read Carrie’s words, I sat for a while and really thought. What exactly does she mean? Does she want to adopt the resemblance of a cup-a-soup sachet, Warhol style? Or, hear me out on this one, maybe she means we throw away everything we know and just live – unapologetically. It’s hard to know what she was referring to exactly, but maybe we stop trying to be that Instagram post. We stop trying to be something and instead, we just be. Pure and simple. If art is “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power” (Oxford Dictionary) then surely this is something we want to embody, to become, as opposed to merely ‘resemble’. There is so much falsehood surrounding society these days, so much editing and so much ability to pretend, that faking it has become a whole lot easier than making it. Art stimulates different parts of our brain, to make us laugh or incite us to riot, with a whole gamut of emotions in between. Art gives us a way to be creative and express ourselves. For some people, art is the entire reason they get out of bed in the morning. You could say art is life, if it is something that makes us more thoughtful and well-rounded humans. If this is the case, and to embody art is to become the best version of myself, I want nothing more. I don’t want to make a fake, or a copy, I want to be the real deal – an authentic jumble of messy humanity, perfectly imperfect and truly unedited… I want my life to be art, just like Carrie.
Kitty Abberton’s work encapsulates intersectionality and celebrates every aspect of life, no matter how diverse, off the wall, abnormal that might be, in the most ironic of ways. Based on classical artworks, such as Olympia, The Creation of Adam or The Statue of David, she creates modern interpretations that embrace and honour body positivity, feminism, the LGBTQ+ community, diversity, pop-culture aesthetics etc. Her drawings are a true breath of fresh air, but in some way remind me of Wes Anderson’s work, in that they glorify the beauty and art within the mundane, normal, ‘boring’ aspects of life. In other words, her art makes itself – perhaps being an artist is being an exceptionally skilled observer. For this collaboration, all of her subjects are wearing PANTS, because as we all know, ‘aint nothing better in life than a good old pair of power pants to get you from one day to the next. I hope you find her work as inspiring, moving, magical and modern as I do. Her drawings are what art is supposed to be: art that imitates life, as opposed to life that imitates art. We are lumpy, bumpy, boring beings and for once someone is celebrating that. Thank you Kitty for your art and inspiration!
If you would like to contact Kitty, either for collabs or to tell her how much of a genius she is (obvo), please email: Kabberton30@gmail.com
If you happen to own a big old printing company, and fancy helping us get Kitty’s art onto some charity undies, PLEASE EMAIL ME here: email@example.com
Maybe we should follow Kitty's magnificent example and get some caps made that read: MAKE HUMANITY GREAT AGAIN! Too far?