Published on May 9, 2013 | by Naz K Rasmussen

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UAL talent Megs Freeman

Everyday Arts London News aims to showcase a talent from within University of the Arts.

Today artist Megs Freeman takes centre stage.

Aussie artist Megs Freeman is behind the latest guerilla art campaign aimed at straight-faced commuters on London’s underground.

Spray-painted hands made of resin were installed in Tube carriages to raise awareness of “how loneliness and consequential urban isolation have become part of the big city living experience for many Londoners,” said Megs.

The project – Curious Commuter Club – forms part of an underground collective of artists campaigning against “social ‘dis-ease’ and the rise of loneliness in London”.

Megs, an interior designer-turned-street artist, created the campaign as part of her Major Project for the MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins.

As for why she chose to focus on hands, she said: “Hand gestures communicate without reliance on words.

“They articulate human tenderness, friendship, greeting, a deal being made…also aggression, violence and hate.”

“We [the underground collective] felt this socially dysfunctional public space was under-performing its civic duty and we saw potential for enrichment” Megs Freeman

“The hope is to deter commuters away from a common assumption that a corporate organisation (with a commercial motivation) is behind it. Therefore encouraging them to give greater thought to its possible story.”

The frozen hand fixtures have already been test-trialled on the Northern Line.

Many artists have tried to engage the public in determining the discourse (and pace) of London’s hectic life.

Imaginative guerilla stickers decorate the London underground and experienced a surge in circulation last year, with messages like ‘No eye contact. Penalty  £200’ providing a welcome distraction on many a mundane commute.

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