Sophie Herxheimer collects life stories in ink. Turns out there is such a thing as Society!
Sophie Herxheimer is brilliant. Anyone would benefit from sitting and chatting with her for ten minutes. Yet when she sets up her stall she also captures the conversation in inky brushstrokes.
The Maximum Wage magazine contains 18 (eighteen!) full-page A4 reproductions of these uplifting drawings. Her interlocutors are by turns yearning to change careers, fulfilled by work, frustrated by inequality, fond of their family, caring for loved ones, feeding the homeless, blossoming in retirement, scraping by, throwing everything out, learning to fly…
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East London has become a prime example of the divide between the UK’s richest and poorest. It’s also where a group of artists are teaching people about income inequality. – Helen Amass, The Times Educational Supplement