Phoebe Lenton

2018,  BA (Hons) Illustration, University of the West of England

"I am a visual communicator and social commentator, who works with bold concepts and ambitious outcomes. Having explored a variety of visual languages including animation, photography and film, my work mostly centres around an anecdotal expression and comment on youth culture and millennial uncertainty. I see myself as a creative director rather than an artist, illustrator, or photographer, not afraid to take on big challenges and bold topics. My interest in youth culture has derived from a life of confusion and uncertainty as a millennial, promised anything and everything, but growing up in a world full of bullying, student debt and constant fear of my unstable future. My perma-fear of the unknown has led me to comment on, and express issues important to people like me, such as mental health, drug laws, social media, and sexuality. I've always been honest and direct with my work, never pussyfooting around topics that some people might find uncomfortable, but without the overly serious tone that is too often
associated with many creatives. In the end, I hope my work might make you think, and most of all, make you smile. "
This project explores the influence of social media on millennials' perception of perfection, normality, and sexuality. In March, Instagram shut down my account without any warning, silencing my declaration of body positivity and self acceptance. This then turned the photo series into a shout-out to all the young people trying to make sense of a world that make absolutely no sense. Millennials are told to be proud of who we are and how we look but when the powers that be censor our voices on a platform designed to allow this kind of freedom, we begin to feel stifled, cheated, and not good enough. "The simple act of taking off all of your clothes to be photographed is so intimate, but when nobody knows who you are with a ridiculous mask on, you become comfortable with being just a little bit weird." 
At It Like Rabbits
Photography 
59.4 cm x 84.1 cm
Finger Lickin' Good
Photography 
59.4 cm x 84.1 cm
Slippery When Wet
Photography 

59.4 cm x 84.1 cm