Banner image: 'In Charge' (2020) by Sam Jevon - based on Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)'s 'Effnik' (1997). Image courtesy of the artist.

Affiliation with Shape: Sam contributed to the Shape Open 2020: The Future is Loading.

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Sam Jevon began creating work at Submit to Love Studios in 2009. A mum of two and based in London, she began attending three years after sustaining a brain injury in a car accident, which affected her speech, dexterity, eyesight, and balance.

A self-taught artist, Sam is well known for her detailed line drawings and unique illustration style. Buildings, people, and animals become curiously crooked and contorted under her guidance. The self-described ‘Queen of Wonky,’ Sam will tell you how she could only draw matchstick people before her brain injury. Her work now is intensely detailed, with an inimitable style that makes it instantly recognisable.

About 'In Charge' (2020) which Sam contributed to The Future is Loading...

'In Charge' is Sam's first embroidery work, inspired by the 1996 photograph 'Effnik' by Yinka Shonibare CBE from the Autograph archive, originally commissioned by Autograph. Yinka is the Shape Open Patron, so we are proud to be continuing a conversation initiated by him over twenty years ago; a conversation about colonialism, racism, and inequality. In inserting into the visual canon a disruptive and subversive iconography, Yinka aimed to critique and satirise the photograph's context. 

The work was created in a project-based collaboration between Submit to Love Studios and Autograph gallery, 'Common Threads,' which you can view online. Artists from Submit to Love Studios were invited to recreate in textiles photographs from Autograph's archive. Shape works closely with both Autograph and Headway East London, who run Submit to Love Studios, so Sam's work really symbolises more than her own practice. It threads together (pun intended) the work of these impressive and important organisations, with whom we are proud to work!

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