My Head Is A Jungle: Illustrator Manjit Thapp’s Tropical Flora and Fauna Represent Empowerment
The show will be available free to the public from July 23 to October 31 and follows an annual commission that celebrates top emerging talent in the visual arts and illustration, with previous commissions including award-winning Pakistani visual artist Sara Shakeel and the popular London illustrator Hattie Stewart.
Manjit Thapp is an illustrator who graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2016, where she studied illustration. Her work combines digital and traditional media, and she enjoys layering textures and patterns to create her illustrations.
In My Head Is A Jungle, Thapp will transform the gallery space into a three-dimensional, labyrinth-like structure adorned with large-scale murals and sculptures for visitors to explore, with a giant fluorescent red sun hanging above it. This symbol is an integral part of renderings by young illustrators, along with snakes, tigers, tropical flora and a young Asian protagonist, representing empowerment, especially for women, in today’s modern cultural landscape.
Guests will be invited to travel and wander through this created jungle, which will have lush vegetation dancing through the physical labor of the artist. Thapp will exhibit intrusive thoughts, tangled feelings, and repressed fears. The artwork creates a fragmented narrative that you will need to piece together – acting like the pages of a journal.
âI am delighted to have the opportunity to bring my 2D illustrated world to life and explore many recurring themes in my work in a whole new way,â she says. “I hope to highlight how art can be used to channel our emotions by creating illustrations that draw on everyday feelings.”
Thapp’s success comes after launching his graphic novel Feelings this year and creating illustrations for Stylist, Time Magazine, Google, Tate x LDN WMN and many more. She is well known for her portrayals of proud women and often centered around an Asian protagonist standing in the foreground.
Her work is soft and expressive, offering the viewer a whole new world to explore. And her central protagonist makes the work look even more like a graphic novel, as you come across all the varied environments she can fit into.
The exhibition will be an opportunity for Thapp to present his exceptional visual aesthetic while creating a unique vision of the gallery space. My Head Is A Jungle opens at the NOW Gallery on the Greenwich Peninsula on July 23 and will run until October 31, 2021.