An exhibition created by the members of Modern Painters, New Decorators about world-building: the process of imagining new fictional worlds.
Earthling began as a goal, a possibility after a year of limitations. World-building seemed a fitting theme, promoting new ways of imagining, celebrating our gallery space as a new world and place of potential. World-building not only provides escapism, but allows ideas to be discussed in a different context. Afrofuturism, for example, addresses themes and concerns of the African diaspora through speculative fiction and has inspired both the band Parliament-Funkadelic and the movie Black Panther. Writers such as J. R. R. Tolkien often explore constructed worlds by shifting focus from the main characters onto the ecology, races and history of the imagined setting itself.
Our members are all practicing artists with a tie to Loughborough and are made up of students, graduates and established artists. Marking the end of lockdown, the exhibition features artwork dating from the past year. The work in Earthling explores the term ‘world-building’ in a looser sense, exploring fantasy, geography or narrative. These ideas started as a series of online gatherings between our community, where we mapped out, planned and developed the work and exhibition into what you see today.
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