Georgia Grace Gibson


18 year old feminist artist // durham north east england

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Anonymous asks: I have had to do artist response, I understand what went on here. You are dealing with this so well, I admire you so much x o x o

Yeah. I think it’s harder for people to understand who didn’t go to colleges where artists responses are a big thing that you are forced to do.
I think realistically the only issue is that it was submitted to a zine and it shouldn’t have been. It’s not the art crime of the century, I just chose an artist and made a response, then made the mistake of getting really excited about finding this online community and submitting all my work, when really I should have left out the artist responses when submitting. I can understand why people are irritated though, really. Thank you. 

grimrn asks: Hi my friend is doing A2 Art atm and her project is about women and feminine form I think. I was just wondering if its okay if I link your work to her, maybe to use as one her artists?? Its fine if not, have a nice day xooxo

Oh yeah of course! I’m totally fine with that. Tell her if she needs any information she can email me at georgiaggibson@googlemail.com xx [accidentally posted publicly, sorry I was on my phone] 

Anonymous asks: What are your thoughts on what Patricia Alvarado and Liv Thurley have been posting on tumblr? x

wombflowers:

I don’t really know what to say about this but I don’t suppose I can ignore it.

In my college during my first project on feminism I had to do these pieces where we looked at artist’s work and then created a ‘response’ which had to be similar to the artists work but with changes to them. A lot of people do shit like repainting starry night, that sort of stuff. I really wanted to do an actual artist that I admired so I used Patricia, I emailed her at the time and asked for an artist bio and stuff (and she was very lovely) then I emailed back with my piece that was inspired by her. I did my presentation about her work for class and I posted all my work on here (we have to do that for a level art, like a digital journal type thing), where I posted her work as well, and cited her (and posted her work also). The work didn’t really get that much attention and neither did that blog, and I didn’t put it on my current portfolio because it was just crap a level work. I did use them in my end of unit exhibition with college but that was a requirement. ‘Publications’ was mentioned in that post as well and I think I might have sent them in to some zines when I created them, and though I will have linked them to the post which cited Patricia, I do still believe that it was totally wrong of me to do that. When creating this piece, I didn’t think there would be an issue- I hadn’t made much art beforehand and I guess I didn’t really understand how annoying it must be to have people recreating popular pieces of yours, and now I realise it must be very irritating. [edit: It was girls get busy zine]

Some time after I got an email saying I’d copied Liv’s and Patricia work, and while I knew what Patricia was talking about I had no clue about Liv. Turns out they’d actually mistaken Elle’s work for mine when her work had been placed near mine for an exhibition with other college students (Elle goes to my college). I replied and said the work wasn’t mine, and also explained that I’d emailed and cited Patricia constantly, and also said if she wanted to I’d delete them because as I’ve said, they were just shitty college pieces on a blog I’ve stopped using anyway. They didn’t reply after that, so I just assumed that they were fine with what I said and I left it, though I did expect they’d email Elle or something. 

Then obviously today, when Elle’s piece has got a lot of attention, people have started getting angry because her piece is very similar to Betty Bakers ‘Female Anatomy’ piece, and then went on her blog to find pieces similar to Liv and Patricia’s work. They have then gone onto people’s blogs to express how annoyed they are at that (I got a few messages as well but didn’t feel it was my place to answer them). Admittedly I obviously did speak to Elle when I got the email about her work, telling her that people aren’t happy that she’d done a similar piece without citing, but at that time she hadn’t got into the Royal Academy shortlist with that piece. She did obviously remove her post which was similar to Patricia’s after we spoke about how similar they are. I can’t really speak for anything to do with her or her work, as only she knows where her inspiration came from and the issues with her should not have been related to me as well. I can obviously understand why it would hugely irritate Liv that someone has got into something so prestigious with a similar piece, as I think anyone would be annoyed about that. I feel like my mistake of submitting one (mostly credited-though not in that zine) to a small zine shouldn’t be put in the same pile as the issue of 3 uncredited pieces and an award for a piece, but again it’s not my place to say.  

However I think I have been mildly thrown under the bus in the posts, considering though the main issue was Elle’s work, it seems to have been me that was the centre of the post, claiming that I didn’t cite anyone (I did, posting pictures of Patricia’s work just before mine), that I’ve deleted them off everywhere now (I haven’t, they’re still on my blog I used for a level stuff, just not my portfolio, but surely it’s a good thing that they aren’t on there), and that I lied about talking to Patricia about the work (I do still have the emails but it seems so stupid posting a load of print screens) and whatever else. I really was not in any way trying to ‘take credit for brown people’s work’ in the slightest, I just wanted to do a presentation and response to a tumblr based artist that I thought deserved the attention. It was a requirement of my course. I think a good 80% of a level work is mixed/copied ideas from older artists because it’s when young artists are just finding themselves (and in my college it is actually a requirement to do artist studies and recreations). It’s sad to think that if I’d used a well known artist I’d experience no shit, but because I’ve tried to use a more emerging one it’s reflected badly- but I suppose that should have been expected. 

I think overall the blame is on me, because though it was a requirement to my course, those pictures should have stayed on a passworded blog and never have been submitted to any zines. As I’ve said, I can’t speak for Elle, but this is all I can say for myself. I’m happy to have moved on from doing any work that needs to be ‘artist’ responses, and obviously wouldn’t make anything close to that again anyway. It’s strange to know that my entire online art career is going to be very tainted because of one artist response I made in sixth form, but that is how the internet works. I just feel bad to have caused anyone any upset, either way. My intentions weren’t bad but I think with stuff like this, no matter what you meant, you have to own up and apologise. 

chatoyan-sea:

Some lovely colors pulled from Georgia’s lovely ceramic work (Wish You Were Queer)

this is so lovely, thank you for creating this!

chatoyan-sea:

Some lovely colors pulled from Georgia’s lovely ceramic work (Wish You Were Queer)

this is so lovely, thank you for creating this!

Anonymous asks: didn't you just basically plagiarise the work of Patricia Alvarado? the similarity between your work is uncanny. i'm sorry but if you're really a 'feminist artist' whose apart of a feminist art community you shouldn't be plagiarising the work of others in the first place. even if you were just inspired by her work, you should give credit rather than winning awards and participating in exhibitions with work that isn't even yours.

No need to be sorry. I’ve already answered this here.

But to answer your complaints; the work was given credit on my blog (quite a few times, I even made a post about Patricia’s work on my art journal blog that I had to keep for college), it was an artist response (i dunno if you’ll know what that is but it’s something you do in sixth form art), it hasn’t been in any exhibitions except when I showed my work in my final piece for my sixth form exhibition. The piece in question was purely a piece for sixth form that I haven’t used in any exhibitions outside of sixth form, and it was not even reblogged onto this blog or put on my portfolio. And I haven’t won any awards with that piece of work. I haven’t won any awards at all apart from getting an ‘overall art award’ from my sixth form which was for all my work in college not any particular piece. If you look back on that post she’s talking about another artist who’s done those things. Thanks for the anonymous constructive criticism though. 

I had an interview with Hello Flo yesterday, a company who you might remember from these amazing adverts. They were wonderful and the interview is here .

I had an interview with Hello Flo yesterday, a company who you might remember from these amazing adverts. They were wonderful and the interview is here .

Anonymous asks: hello; would it be possible for me a schedule an interview with you via email? i'm writing a piece for my university work on important young feminist artists and would love to be able to speak to you. do you have somewhere I can contact you?

yes of course! my email is georgiaggibson@googlemail.com x

I had a cool interview with Hannah from The Pulp Zine this week about my work within new north england based art group Clandestine Collective. Read it here!

I had a cool interview with Hannah from The Pulp Zine this week about my work within new north england based art group Clandestine Collective. Read it here!

Stills/photography (2) from video piece "Women’s work", 2014 

Women’s work is a video piece (artist response to Hudson’s photography and themes within porn) looking at the idea of oppressed sexuality of a trapped middle aged housewife, looking at the idea of secretly owning sex toys in order to get around this, combining this with the idea of women being kept within the kitchen- often to their own advantage. Inspired by some of my parents friends stories and stories of 1960’s housewives secret dildo collections, hidden from their husbands in underwear drawers.  

Anonymous asks: are you still looking for people to buy you sex toys to use for your art?? whats your amazon? i'm super broke but i'd at least like to look if you can see any cheap ones. you should start a donate button thing

wombflowers:

Yes! I have so many ideas with them but still not enough, I think sexuality is going to be a big focus of mine in the coming year so that’s exciting. Hopefully I’ll have enough money in the future to have quite a collection that I can make stuff with.

Sorry, I don’t really want to set up a donate button as I see that as more for charity and I really don’t want/need charity. Also I feel like when people set up donate buttons it’s always uncertain whether all the money will actually be spent on what they’re say it’s going to be spent on and I don’t want to give off that impression.

The wishlist is half there for me to just keep track of what I want (I’ll be buying some whenever I have money), and half so people (who have money to spare) who really want to help out with my art can do so in exchange for free prints of my work, or whatever. I’ll also be thanking anyone who helps out on my website, beside the pieces of work, as I have with my previous ‘Women’s Work’ piece! A lot of people are always asking me for ways to help out/be included and stuff so I thought this would be a nice way to aid my future pieces. 

The wishlist is here