Heather Phillipson’s imaginative 80-meter-long installation, titled ‘my name is lettie eggsyrub’, has been unveiled as a part of London’s ‘Art on the Underground’ project.
The London’s ‘Art on the Underground’ program, which includes commissioned works from Cindy Sherman and David Shrigley, is undeservedly little known outside of the UK capital. This year, it is set to feature the works of emerging and established female artists. The idea is to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which allowed British women to vote.
The installation, which will be on view for the next year, features eggs and avian body parts reimagined and scrambled into ‘walk-in collages’. Phillipson’s artwork adopts a video game-style layout with comically sized eggs throughout. The egg is promoted as a nucleus of conflict and a harbinger of the consequences of consumption, exploitation and fragility. According to the ‘Art on the Underground’ website, the recurring imagery of the egg is used to reflect upon topics such as the beginning of life, online anonymity and the origin of food in today’s world.
This year’s Art on the Underground program will also feature works from Linder (Britain), Hjideka Akunyili Crosby (Nigeria), Marie Jacotey (France), and Jade Montserrat (Britain). Geta Brătescu, a Romanian artist, was commissioned to design the 28th edition of the Tube pocket maps. It is expected that the massive audience to the program will put women at the forefront of public art in London.