Hester Grant

Unit 14: former ‘Chocolate Story’

Hester Grant, originally from Dumfries and Galloway, is now based in Inverness having graduated from UHI Moray School of Art in 2016, BA Fine Art (Hons). Hester’s artistic practice explores the concept of "obscenity" through examining how mainstream pornography, illegal drugs, the fashion industry and "lad culture" affects society. She is inspired by artists such as Isa Genzken, Aurel Schmidt and Ryan Trecartin and filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. Hester takes a performative approach to creating work, presenting pieces under the character of "Lidl Kim".

Lidl Kim's Penne Palace displays how changeable the value of consumer goods is and how ridiculous the fashion industry is. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people were stockpiling pasta and toilet paper while it didn't matter how fabulous we looked as we were all stuck at home with no one to look at us. Hester decided to create jewellery out of pasta to show how worthless expensive jewellery and fashion accessories are and what truly matters is survival.

Image courtesy of Hester Grant

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