Artist Jeremy Deller on his 2019 Guardian climate crisis cover; “My artwork for Guardian Weekend magazine – I Should Be So Lucky – was inspired by Kylie Minogue. But we should all be worried about our declining bee populations. We assume the planet will be destroyed by an apocalypse or a big weather event, but actually the death of insects will kill us. People seem to care more about the plight of pandas than everyday creatures such as ants and bees. But that’s a distraction, a magic trick. I worked closely on these with the graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge – it’s a real collaboration. How do you make a political statement while still making art? It’s a huge question, but I don’t worry about defining my work. I came up with some slogans and put them down on paper, that’s all. Art is just one ingredient in the stew – it can help visualise and clarify a political message, but it can’t change the world on its own. Like music, or humour, it attracts people to a cause; it seduces them.” Issue 29/06/2019.
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