Pip Edwards has had enough of trolls – losing patience with taunts about how her staff tried to stop a young artist entering a prestigious art prize with a portrait of her.
The P.E Nation founder erupted on Instagram as her page unwittingly became a forum for heated debate over her PR chief’s treatment of Lauren Ferrier – some with unkind remarks.
‘Pathetic not allowing that young women to enter that portrait of you into the Archibald Prize?!’ said one follower. ‘Oh boo hoo poor Pip’.
The apparently frustrated high profile fashion designer fired back: ‘The artwork WAS entered into the Archibald!’
P.E Nation founder Pip Edwards has struck back at a troll after her Instagram page became a forum about the merits of her staff’s response to the Archibald Prize controversy
In an interview Ms Ferrier told Daily Mail Australia that Edwards was ‘overwhelmingly’ excited to have her portrait done in late 2019… but her staff were lukewarm about the finished product
Edwards hit out at a troll – who later ‘wholeheartedly’ apologised and said it ‘just sounded like the whole thing could have been handled better’
This week Daily Mail Australia exclusively revealed emails showing how Edwards’ publicist Louise Gaffikin initially refused to sign off on Ms Ferrier’s painting.
Ms Gaffikin wrote that the painting made Edwards look ‘much older beyond her years’ and said the imagery didn’t ‘align’ with the fashionista.
She suggested Ms Ferrier, who had worked on the painting for months, should produce a more ‘youthful’ alternative.
While the publicist insisted that Edwards hadn’t seen the portrait yet, she simply couldn’t supply her crucial signature on a form because of that.
Edwards eventually acquiesced and signed the form after Ms Ferrier warned her it wasn’t a matter of consent, rather an acknowledgment they had met.
Ms Gaffikin issued a statement about the brouhaha noting Edwards ‘appreciates’ the artist’s take and noting art is by its very nature often subjective.
This (on left) is the email Pip Edwards’ publicist sent artist Lauren Ferrier warning her that Edwards ‘looks much older beyond her years’ in the portrait. Ms Ferrier responds on right
Edwards hugged her mobile phone to her ear this week as the controversy took flight
But debate continues to rage about the portrait itself and their treatment of Ms Ferrier.
‘Art is not “imagery” that you can control like an IG filter,’ one Instagram user told Ms Edwards.
The finished product: Ms Ferrier sold the painting for $400 via her Instagram story following the competition
‘The painting was fine!’ another said, with a third offering to whip up an artwork: ‘I won’t make you look haggard’.
Sydney Morning Herald art critic John McDonald told Daily Mail Australia he only had a few criticisms of the painting.
Mr McDonald said he felt it looked ‘stiff’ – as it was partially based off a photo – and observed it was only painted in black and white.
But he also noted Edwards wasn’t without blame.
‘Every second portrait I think that’s done, the subject of a portrait doesn’t like it or thinks it makes them look too old or too ugly.
‘If she didn’t want a portrait out there she didn’t approve of she should have carefully vetted the artist.’
Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News