Suffolk: Artist Maggi Hambling bemused by Twitter imposter

LEADING artist Maggi Hambling has sent out a warning to all those who believe they are being given a glimpse into her daily activities on social networking website Twitter.

There have been a number of posts in recent weeks supposedly from her detailing what she has been up to.

But last night the north Suffolk-based artist said it was an imposter and that she would never venture on-line in such a fashion.

The fraudster goes under the name SuffolkArtist and for biography information has written “I do controversial art”.

Along with the posts is a picture of a scallop shell – similar to her sculpture on Aldeburgh beach.

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The artwork – unveiled in 2003 in tribute to British composer Benjamin Britten – has caused much controversy, with some loving and others hating its prominence along the coastline.

The artist’s Christian name has also been spelt “Maggie” on the rogue Twitter account, which is incorrect.

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Recent messages have included “Mad moment, bought myself a 1999 Setra 250 coach with toilet & coffee machine. Converting it into a mobile home. Beats a caravan for kudos!”

Another read: “One of the ducks has decided to nest in the coach. Worried about the mess it will make. Went for a slow drive on private ground. Quite easy!”

Another message read: “What gloomy light we had on the Suffolk coast today. Took 120 photos of interior of Glemham Hall for a new project.”

Last night the real artist sent a warning to people who thought the posts were from her.

She said: “I am not a tweeter – nor would I ever be.

“I hate technology and I cannot account for this electronic impersonation.

“As anyone who knows me can see, my name has been clearly mis-spelt.

“Regardless of that, it is enough to say that I am not on Twitter and if anyone encounters anyone purporting to be me, then don’t believe them, it is not me. I do not tweet.”

Her concerns grew when there was a post informing people she would be attending a march through Leiston to support the library.

It read: “Meeting tomorrow at Leiston primary school 10.30. Marching to #savesuffolklibraries. See you there.”

The artist said: “Of course I fully support the need for local libraries and I am sorry I wasn’t at Leiston library but as you can understand I wasn’t aware I had tweeted that I would be.

“But we must make sure we keep this invaluable service of local libraries.”

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