3D Women! was an exhibition showing work from women working with 3D. Curated by myself with Georgia Stephenson at Platform Southwark.
Artists that exhibited: Emma Wong, Liberty Mann, Alex Diamond-Rivlin, Kimberley Cookey-Gam, Coby-Rae Crosbie, Seren Metcalfe,Celeste. McEvoy, Cora Sehgal Cuthbert, Oona Wilkinson and myself.
An excerpt from text by Georgia Stephenson:
Taking up space is, in and of itself, a dance with power. Demanding that viewers move around the work – not the work moving around them. A sculpture is an active participant in the room, whether it’s saying “I’m here and I’m colossal and I can fuck you up” or “I’m here and small and you didn’t notice me (you brute)”. The way we move around sculpture reveals who we are – do we square up? Do we crouch down? Do we try to touch, even though we know we shouldn’t?
'Perhaps it is audiences who should be more conscious. Considering the nuances of where the art is on display; the value of its postcode, the programme historically, its spectrum of curatorial themes. No matter how much of a white box a gallery tries to be, it can never be a totally neutral zone. Women’s ideas, wherever they manifest, continue to be stacked against the weight of a patriarchal system.
In a city like London where space is at a literal premium, who gets to take up space matters. In a city like London where the proposals for Frieze Sculpture 2019 saw galleries proposing ‘female sculptors’ tally at a whopping 29% of the total submissions. In a city like London where every art school has a majority enrolment of ‘female students’, a figure that is essentially reversed when it comes to gallery representation.'
Cover and spread for CHERRYBOY magazine
The theme of edition 5 is titled BIZARRE, working to host all mediums comfortably with no limit to genre. BIZARRE can be used in a plethora of different ways, to me it projects pictorial and dreamlike thoughts, an unexplainable feeling and evokes the ‘can’t not look’. The theme exists very contrastingly in each contributing feature.
Part of the interview with Matt Henry: 'Winnie Hall is the welcome counter to the academic artist. Her work displays a curiosity, humour and delight in the mundane that shrugs off the pressure for social comment, technical perfection, and pompous references to art history. Giant sculpted Wotsit packets, pigeon heads and bottles of Stella mingle with paintings featuring wry slogans, footballtattoos, and lashings of sports casuals. In Winnie’s world children are born in Adidas three- stripe, foxes gad about on skateboards, cats woof like dogs, and B-list celebrities complain about the crisps that get stuck in their teeth. Hers is an honest, tongue-in-cheek portrait of the day to day world around her.'
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Show with Emmely Elgersma based around a turkey stage we collaborated on.
'An evening celebrating everything we love to hate about Christmas through sculpture,installation,performance and painting including a large papier maché turkey stage.
PERFORMANCES: HOLLY ATKINSON, MATTY HUTCHINSON, LOUIS JUDKINS, GEORGE MORONY, LIBERTY MANN, AIDAN STRUDWICK AND CAMPBELL MCCONNELL.
duo exhibition with Adam Leach
Our work functions around a common axis of loneliness - lonely paintings of lonely objects. Under varying focus, they are set free, enlarged, exploded, and flattened out in a rereading of solitude. It's all about attention and how it is paid. At the heart of this, we look for a moment of closeness where it feels possible to find “the universal in the particular”.
Under a rock, a coil, a crisp packet, a drinking glass, a quiet little pattern or an overlooked motif, even an experience - things shifting in and out of focus, the colour and form of something forgotten.
Loneliness can be sad and gruelling, but via painting, it can be delighted in through long stretches of humour and optimism.