Felt artist Lucy Sparrow creates realistic soft, tactile, colourful felt versions of grocery items and gained notoriety for filling an London Cornershop with her felt goods.
Sparrow creates quirky yet subversive recognisable produce items, she juxtaposes these recognisable items with political commentary on subjects from the demise of the traditional high street to censorship in pornography.
Sparrow has followed up her Cornershop exhibition with a similar store in New York and a fully recreated sex shop in Soho London. Sparrow worked as a lap dancer for 5 years to help raise funds for the Cornershop project. This project examined the demise and change of Soho and the increasing politicization of sexual desire. Questioning the UK Government changes to the law to regulate the practice between consenting adults. Using felt as a medium forces the question to be reviewed and moving the question beyond simple pornograhic imagery and content.
Imitation might be the highest form of flattery but it also allows the viewer to reframe the lens they are looking through. Sparrow's work allows the viewer to ask questions and invites discussion. Everyday items are placed back into public view and in doing so gain more meaning, looking closer at the items makes them important and political. Art should raise more questions than it answers.