Wednesday 17 April 2013, the day of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, marks the start of a brave new exhibition of Underground artwork inspired by the late Baroness.
The exhibition features 10 artists depictions of ‘The Iron Lady’ and is open to the public for 10 days, tying in with the ‘No.10’ theme. Participating artists include Johan Andersson, Nasser Azam, Jonny Briggs, Sarah Maple, Matt Small, and Carne Griffiths.
Over the next month, selected works from the exhibition will feature at Westminster tube station as vast posters, including Jonny Briggs’ large pixellated close-up of Margaret Thatcher’s tearful eye captured in the moment she left Downing Street for the last time.
“There have been passionate comments passing back and forth about Margaret Thatcher, from those who loved and those who hated her, yet more than a politician she was a human being, and like all of us she had insecurities,” says Jonny. “She has been infamously described as ‘The Iron Lady’, as lacking in emotion, yet this is an image that’s a portal in to a more fragile side of her that was rarely seen, and one that I feel we can all relate to, regardless of our political stance.”
Other works that caught my attention include Paul Tacklenberg’s quartet of images of Maggie (pictured left) screen printed onto steel and left to rust – a reminder of her impact in closing so many of the nation’s steelworks.
“All the artists in the show have one thing in common, we all grew up as Thatcher’s children,” remarks Ben Moore, Director of Art Below and curator of the show. “Thatcher’s recent death has highlighted the divide in people’s thoughts and feelings towards her and I hope this comes over in the exhibition.”