Magda ArcherTOXIC PEOPLE (2019)
Hot on the heels of her extremely popular Problems With Modern Life exhibition at Firstsite Gallery, Colchester another of the artist’s arch and appealing works gets the flyingleaps treatment.
The profound disquiet, wavering sense of purpose and erosion of constructive potential bought on by rampant consumerism, social media saturation and political toxicity is Archer’s stock-in-trade here. Her imagery may be cutesy, colourful, blithely sketched but the anguish and concern is fervent. Oh Fuck! FUCK! What’s to become of us? What are we to do?
The artist’s solution, to just ‘Stay Away From Toxic People’ perhaps offers one answer. Though that’s no easy feat. While the pink faced puppy might be a shaggy enticement to smile, ‘Toxic People’ rendered in a horror flick font warns otherwise. It’s a classic Archer tactic, draw the viewer in with a stroke of kitsch delight but all the while a critical stiletto is being eased deep into our conscious.