In Whole Lotta Love Myfanwy MacLeod takes on an iconic song by one of the most prolific bands in classic rock history to present the reader with an x-rated illustrated songbook. By fixing the song within the codex, and illustrating the lyrics in simple line drawings and bubble lettering, MacLeod privileges the visual over the sonic, offering another type of cover version. Through the highly-sexed depiction of the song, McLeod perverts the dominant male codes of rock and roll by opening up a point of entry for female desire—all the while maintaining her characteristic humour and wit.
Vancouver artist Myfanwy Macleod is interested in the way an image or a concept can be altered, transformed or even given new meaning when its context or form is changed. A wry sense of humour pervades her work, where she draws on many of Modernism’s iconic moments, or delves into popular culture and the vernacular. She was the 2013 recipient of the Mayor’s Award and her work was featured in a retrospective exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2014.