the fandangoe kid is a London based print artist who makes large-scale narrative driven pieces for the public realm. Her work seeks to smash taboos around complex subject matters such as loss, trauma release, mental health and gender constructs.
The artist has created work for a wide range of purposes, most recently with her ‘Staircase of Dreams’ for London Design Festival 2020, working with young people to develop a collective narrative on daily activism.
During the lockdown, The Fandangoe Kid redesigned nurse’s scrubs for Marie Curie x NHS working with a palliative care nurse via Zoom to develop the uniform, celebrating International Year of the Nurse, 2020. The artist’s work was shot for a feature about grief and mental health for Channel 4, looking at the importance of her practice in 2020.
The Fandangoe Kid has recently completed a large scale mural for YouTube for World Mental Health Day 2020, alongside a large scale digital piece for Sadiq Khan’s charity Thrive, looking at resilience.
Last year she installed a 14 metre pillar for University of the Arts London’s 120th year anniversary and a large-scale permanent piece of public art at the Southbank Centre for the charity CALM.
For World Mental Health Day 2019, she installed an 80 metre floor narrative at City Hall for the Mayor of London’s charity Thrive, addressing the connection between movement and mental health. Additionally, she screened her film Into Your Light, directed with Tara Darby, at Tate Modern and on the Manhattan Bridge, looking at dancing as a tool for survival following great personal loss.
Much of the artist’s work is driven by navigating her own story, following the loss of many individuals in her family back in 2011, her practice being largely underpinned by the will to create a platform for open dialogue around the still taboo subject of grief.
She has worked with young people in Hackney and inner- city London for over a decade, her remit being to encourage young people from all backgrounds to know themselves better through their creative practice.
Her capsule clothing collection label has featured in Vogue Italia and been worn at the BAFTAs and sold out her show at Ace NYC. She now makes to order and all pieces can be viewed in her online shop.