Rebecca Binns

Political Autonomy, Humour and Satire in Vaucher’s Artwork for Crass, International Anthem and Mainstream Publications.

London College of Communication

This thesis surveys, situates and analyses graphics produced by Gee Vaucher as part of the anarcho-punk band and collective, Crass (1977-84) and for mainstream and self-produced publications. Relevant contexts include specific avant-garde art movements and the DiY approach actively deployed in punk graphics.

Ideas driving the 1960s peace and counter-cultural movements and the contemporaneous socio-economic context are also relevant. Areas of focus include Vaucher’s use of humour, satire and obscenity in relation to both a wider punk aesthetic and historic, British caricature and her notion of autonomy with reference to anarchist philosophy, with a particular focus on social (lived) anarchism.

Supervisors

Dr Russell Bestley

Tony Credland

Professor Matthew Worley (University of Reading).