Barnaby Barford: Katie, 23, From Liverpool, 2013, Limited Edition Plate
9 inch porcelain plate with onglaze decal. Produced in an edition of 25.
The central figure on this plate, Katie, is one of a handful of Page 3 girls from The Sun newspaper. The Sun has controversially published a topless girl everyday on page 3 of it's daily newspaper since 1970. It has been criticized for objectifying and demeaning women. There have been countless calls for the editors to voluntarily drop the feature and also calls for legislation to ban it. It has, however, been credited with increasing the newspaper's circulation and establishing it as the most popular daily newspaper in the country.
Inspired by catholic iconography, Barford explores themes around what is valued in a secular society, what is worshiped. Juxtaposing Katie with an image of the story of Our Lady of Fatima he also questions authenticity of religious themes and the dispersion of these stories through everything from Posters, T-Shirts, Mugs, Fridge Magnets, Stickers and of course Plates.
Barnaby Barford (b. 1977) graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2002. He has been the subject of several solo exhibitions in the UK, and has shown in exhibitions internationally. His work is part of both public and private collections. He is currently represented by David Gill Galleries, St James' London. As well as creating his one-off pieces, Barford has made projection based installations, worked with prestigious companies including Nymphenburg, and created a short film. Read more about Barford and see images from his recent exhibition at Virginia MOCA on CFile.