This interview is taken from made.com, which features a number of the artists, including Phoebe, who have been involved in the recent Elephant Parade exhibition around London. For the full article click here.
Phoebe Dickinson is a young and incredibly talented artist whose work covers a variety of mediums: from portraits, landscapes, still-life and landscapes, to fashion illustrations and etchings. Her ‘Dickinson Elephant’ can be found on Jermyn Street, Piccadilly.
What was your inspiration behind the design?
Like many artists I worked in conjunction with the sponsors of my elephant Dickinson Ltd., who wanted me to somehow incorporate famous paintings in the design, especially those they had dealt with. I felt that the elephant would look best if the design was simplistic and pattern-like, so famous flower paintings became the appropriate subject.
How long did it take?
I was given very little warning about the elephant and therefore had to complete it in an extremely rushed manner! I worked my socks off for two weekends and did a few weekdays too!
Do you believe that outdoor installations are successful in their message?
I think that Elephant Parade London has been hugely successful because it is fun, attracts a lot of attention and raises awareness about endangered elephants. I’m not sure any other outside installation could be so successful in so many ways however I think it is always exciting to see art popping up in an unlikely place.