DS: Cloudface brings to mind the golliwog and blackface. Is it your intention to evoke those allusions? Why impose that racist history on such personal images?
LA: The cloudface was partially inspired by the experience of seeing the Robertson’s Golly mascot on marmalade jars as a child during breakfast and other family meals. In my youth, I always associated the Golly with what an alien might be. When designing cloudface I did further research on the Robertson’s Golly character and found out that it was only discontinued in 2001, the company apparently retired the character not because of it’s racist connotations, but that the company wanted to ‘move with the times.’ My inspiration for cloudface also comes from comics and anime; ‘V’ (from Alan Moore‘s ‘V for Vendetta’) in particular his Guy Fawkes mask (made famous through the Occupy Movement) and also Laughing Man from the Ghost in The Shell Series. By mixing these various elements I want to have a lasting relevant conversation about prejudice in it’s many guises. Just because images of Golliwogs and Blackface are not paraded in the way that they were in the past, it doesn’t mean the world has thrown that type of mentality to the dust. I think in the UK we are quite guilty of easily sweeping moments like these under the carpet in the hope that no one will unearth them. Stare at a clown long enough and the jokes begin to disappear. I work with images that include my family as a starting point for telling a story that will open up and become less about the singular moment and more about plural debates.