Sometimes art throws us something which we find difficult to digest, and gives us a female artist who can say what we all want to, but for fear of being seen as controversial, too opinionated, or crude, we don’t.
Well, thank god we have someone like Hannah Prebble. AKA. Bans.
This girl, who combines the most hilarious tidbits of conversations we’ve had with our closest friends, whilst simultaneously juxtaposing our innocuous obsession for fluffy things, with the more intricate of social zeitgeists, transforms them into an array of seemingly irreverent multimedia designs.
She doesn’t just know her way around a pencil, but actually may be more like a cartographer of all illustrative instruments – from the pen, to the paintbrush to the print screen.
Of course, it would be easy for someone to lose the real sense of intellect in Hannah’s art, because there are swear words and tattoos and silly animals, but when viewed as a full collection it’s undeniable that this girl has real brains.
There’s a reason why Hannah has really gotten under my skin as of late, and it seems to fit in nicely with all the current heated media coverage about women’s presence and roles in society; from Caroline Criado-Perez receiving rape threats for advocating that a female should appear on our currency, to Miley’s antics on industrial machinery, to Malala Yousafzai winning the nobel peace prize. The fact is that all these events stem from the rather hackneyed belief that ‘nice girls shouldn’t do things like that.’
Of course, controversy for controversy’s sake is a dangerous game to play, but if something far deeper is actually being explored, (by reading between the wobbly lines, with the side effect being the ruffling of a few cynic’s feathers) you can consider my vote won.
Difficult, weighty issues such as feminism, lad, hip hop and art culture are all broken down into delicious bite-sized pieces in Hannah’s work and are delivered with a sweet tongue in cheek spin. This is an artist that I’ll be cheering all the way to the finish line.
I’ve had the happy opportunity to see Hannah’s work progress all the way from her early university days, whilst she was doodling on skateboards, to providing artwork for Brighton and London bars, to seeing her presence within the art world now – with her Etsy store, official site, e-shop and pop-up exhibitions.
I hope that the world catches up and realises that this is where apparently one-dimensional, cutesy line drawings by female artists has the true capacity to go.
Watch out lad culture, Bans is coming for you.