Wednesday 23 September 1-2pm
I will be speaking live with Anna McNay about my recent paintings.
In conversation with art writer and curator Anna McNay, Mindy Lee (MA painting, Royal College of Art, 2002-04) will discuss some of the recurrent themes of her work, including autobiography; the domestic routines and rituals of motherhood; responsive parenting informing responsive painting; cloth as a precious keepsake and second skin, holding memories of our past selves; the viscerality of the body; shifting identities, transient moments and tipping points, as we come together and pull apart through love and loss; cycles of repetitive behaviour, moving from daily interactions to cross-generational roles; and death, bereavement and recollection.
This online talk is supported by the Blyth Music and Art Centre at Imperial College, London and is now available to watch online:
I will be exhibiting in
Nina Mae Fowler
Preview – Saturday 7 March 6.30-8.30pm
8 March – 5 April 2020
Transition Two 110a Lauriston Road, London E9 7HA
Participating artists include:
Michael Ajerman, Susan Aldworth, Carolina Ambida, Bridgette Ashton, Kim Baker, Oliver Bancroft, Mike Bartlett, Julie Bennett, Sara Berman, Gina Birch, Andrew Bracey, Rose Bradshaw, Alice Browne, Jo Bruton, Kirsty Buchanan, Ruth Calland, Jennifer Campbell, Augustine Carr,Jacob Cartwright, Melanie Carvalho, Giovanna Maria Casetta, Ruby Cedar, Jackie Chettur, Jake Clark, Julie Cockburn, Paul Cole, Rosemary Cronin, Mark Croxford,Gordon Dalton, David Dipre, Karen Douglas, Freya Douglas-Morris, Sarah Doyle, Annabel Dover, Tamara Dubnyckyj, Lucy Evetts, Luci Eyers, Grant Foster, Nina Mae Fowler, Archie Franks, Patrick Galway, Damian Griffiths, Julia Hamilton, Susie Hamilton, Kirsty Harris, Stephen Harwood, Georgia Hayes, Roger Healey-Dilkes, Russell Herron, Carol Ho, Paul Housley, Marc Hulson, Tom Hunter, Henry Hussey, Timothy Hyman, Sam Jackson, Martina Jenne, Nick Jordan, Tash Kahn, Calum F Kerr, Paul Kindersley, Sharon Kivland, Lady Lucy, Peter Lamb, Laura Lancaster, Adam Latham, Debbie Lawson, Delaine Le Bas, Sharon Leahy-Clark, Simon Leahy-Clark,Mindy Lee, Robert Leech, Hayley Lock, Cathy Lomax, Fiona Lumbers, Gary McDonald, Jeff McMillan, Enzo Marra, Alex Michon, Eleanor Moreton, Nicholas Middleton, Tabitha Moses, Kate Murdoch, Paul Murphy, Gary O’Connor, House of O’Dwyer, Marcus Oakley, Nina Ogden, Kim Pace, Joanna Pawlowska, Lisa Penny, Paige Perkins, Cathie Pilkington, Vera Portatadino, Narbi Price, Harry Pye, Beth Emily Richards, Neal Rock, Melanie Rose, Mark Scott-Wood, Alli Sharma, Charlotte Squire, Heidi Stokes, Ilona Szalay,Kathleen Thompson, Mimei Thompson, Joel Tomlin, Katherine Tulloh, Toby Upson, Jacqueline Utley, Jessica Voorsanger, Tom Walker, David Webb, Isaac Willis, Fionn Wilson, Isabel Young
This ‘Last Picture Show’ will feature small works on paper inspired by films, stars and cinema.
Marianne Walker interviewed me for Assemblage Magazine. We discussed drawing, painting, disgusting work, the gothic and relics. Read the interview here
Ghost Changing Room Catalogue is now available for free at Wimbledon Space, with introductory text by Matt Price.
I have curated the show and am also exhibiting as a part of the exhibition.
Artists: Lindsey Bull, Tamara Dubnyckyj, Rebecca Jagoe, Mindy Lee, Cathy Lomax, Susan Sluglett
Exhibition on until 11 Nov.
Curatorial Interview with Natalie Anastasiou for Ghost Changing Room exhibition. We spoke about the exhibition, in relation to impermanence, ritual, routines, revisitations and also roles as an artist and curator.
pp 14 – 17, UAL, Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon WHAT’S ON (Magazine) September to December 2019. Online version: https://www.arts.ac.uk/colleges/wimbledon-college-of-arts/stories/ghost-changing-room
I am curating and exhibiting in Ghost Changing Room at Wimbledon Space.
Opening event and Catalogue Launch Thursday 10 October, 5 – 8pm.
I am exhibiting in the Flesh of Thought at the Blyth Gallery 25 September – 1 November
Mindy Lee and J.A.L-B (Exhibition Review) by Joanne Morra pp 195 – 199, Journal of Contemporary Painting, Vol 5, Number 1 ISSN 20526695
Save the date: Opening of Sleepy Heads Exhibition: Tue 11 June 6 – 8.30pm
I am curating and exhibiting in Sleepy Heads at the Blyth Gallery: Exhibition 12 June – 11 July.
Blyth Gallery, Level 5 Sherfield Building, Imperial College, South Kensington Campus, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2AZ. Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 9am – 9pm
I am exhibiting in Art Letter Home, an International drawing exhibition at Suzhou Art Museum, China
December – January 2019:
I am exhibiting in Art Letter Home, an International drawing exhibition at Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts Museum,Chongqing, China
I will be presenting at:
Terror has no Shape
Wednesday 17 October 6.30 – 8.30pm
Camden Arts Centre
London NW3 6DG
Join the 2017/18 PEER FORUM artists (Alicia Tsigarides included Leah Carless, Katharine Fry, Rebecca Jagoe, Olivia Brazier, Annie Attridge, Lindsey Mendick, Alicia Reyes McNamara, Holly Hendry, Mindy Lee and Tenant of Culture.) and invited guest Jala Wahid for an evening of discussion, performance and readings in response to the feminine grotesque.
The event will be accompanied by a DIY publication.
Free event- pre-booking required
As a part of the research group PEER FORUM at Camden Arts Centre, we are sharing our discussions.
Publication. Art Letter Home.
Drawing Catalogue published by China Academy of Arts Press.
To accompany Art Letter Home exhibition touring China 2018/2019
- December 2018: China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou
- December -January 2019: Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts Museum,Chongqing
- March-April 2019: Suzhou Art Museum
- May-June 2019: Shenyang Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts
As a part of the research group PEER FORUM at Camden Arts Centre, we are sharing our discussions.
PEER FORUM: A Visual Essay by SALT.
Group exhibition 16 June – 15 July 2018 at the Blyth Gallery
Mindy Lee & J.A.L.-B.
Reception and catalogue launch: Friday 29 June, 6 – 8.30pm
“The body is often described in art in terms of its objecthood, but as a cultural site linking many disciplines and branches of thought it might be imagined as protean territory that is never ‘done’ and cannot be mapped in a singular fashion. In the connective tissue between the humanities and the sciences are innumerable individual human stories, feeding different forms of study and, down the line, re-informing collective experience. It’s the gristly interstices between the knowledge of what we are (complex biological machines, thinkers, workers, creators, friends, lovers, baby makers) and the experiences that shape who we are, which appear of particular interest to Sarah Gillham, Mindy Lee, Susan Sluglett and Paul Westcombe.” Rebecca Geldard
Blyth Gallery, Level 5 Sherfield Building, Imperial College, South Kensington Campus, Exhibition Road, London,SW7 2AZ. Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 9am – 9pm
Exhibiting in the 20 x 20 Fundraiser to Support ‘Hospital Rooms’ art projects
25 – 27 April at Griffin Gallery, The Studio Building, 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ
0208 424 3203/ Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, Saturday, 12 – 5pm.
Rumpy Bees & Pumpy Blooms
Places, pictures, sexualities, generations.
Katherine Araniello (GB), Eugen El (D), Sarah Gillham (GB), Norman Hildebrandt (D), Henry Hussey (GB), Wolfgang Klee (D), Line Krom (D), Björn Larsson and Carl Johan Erikson (S), Fall Karin Lindholm (S), Mindy Lee (GB), Erhard Paul Meier (DK), Astrid Stricker (D), Emma Talbot (GB), XSexcentenary (GB)
Location: Klosterpresse e. V. Paradiesgasse 10, 60584 Frankfurt/M.
Curated by Aline von der Assen
Opening 20. April 2018 at 19 o’clock
Duration of the exhibition 21. – 29. April 2018
The exhibition Rumpy Bees & Pumpy Blooms focuses on sexuality and gender. Generations and locations shape images of sexuality. Sexuality as the essence of human life, points far beyond the private sphere. Sexuality impacts both on our personal lives and politics. Each and every one of us needs a position in regard to questions of gender, sexual identity, order, censorship, freedom and power, and to renegotiate these positions over the course of our lives.
Art allows us to portray realities of life and subjective practices, to give space to fantasies and to bring them into reality. The works presented in the group exhibition combine different ideas of sexual meaning into a field of new emotional, political and historical angles.
Peer Forum: Works in Progress. As a part of the research group PEER FORUM at Camden Arts Centre, we are sharing our discussions. Here is a link to Blog 3. (Blog.) https://medium.com/@camdenartscentre/peer-forum-works-in-progress-631dcfeec1cc
25 February – 5 March 2018
Michael Bause, Emma Cousin, Line Krom, Cornelia Kube-Druener, Mindy Lee, Stacie McCormick, Chris Shaw and Annika van Vugt
curated by Aline von der Assen
FREIE INTERNATIONALE AKADEMIE AMORBACH E.V.
FIA Forum Johannisturmstr. 7, D- 63916 Amorbach
As a part of the research group PEER FORUM at Camden Arts Centre, we are sharing our discussions. Here is a link to Blog 2. https://medium.com/@camdenartscentre/peer-forum-from-the-v-a-collection-99a6078d05e
Supported by ArtQuest
SOLO Show:Perimeter Space at the Griffin Gallery
PV Wednesday 17 January
18 January – 23 February 2018
MINDY LEE & J.A.L.-B.
Lee’s series of double-sided paintings, made for this exhibition, are created on clothing once worn by the artist and her son. Discarded clothes are rendered functionless through unpicking and re-assembling and contain a memory and history of the bodies’ activity within them, through ageing, stretching, staining and daily wear and tear. The body is further traced through the play-paint games, which capture J.A.L.-B.’s external bodily prints and gestures. His gestures are fetishized, reclaimed, mimicked and cut into, blurring the boundaries between his touch and Lee’s. J.A.L.-B.’s marks transform and inform Lee’s imagery, which recaptures intimate moments of daily domestic life. Lee also references bones across the series. They appear as x-ray, pattern, costume, prop and toy, bringing a hammer horror humour into play and creating a place between autobiography and mythology.
* J.A.L.-B. is Mindy Lee’s 3 yr old son.
A publication accompanies this exhibition with text from Michael Szpakowski
Perimeter Space at the Griffin Gallery
The Studio Building, 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ
0208 424 3203
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, Saturday, 12 – 5pm.
Closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
I am showing a drawing in ART-LETTER HOME
An international drawing exhibition at China Academy of Arts, China.
As a part of the research group PPER FORUM at Camden Arts Centre, we are sharing our discussions via the Following Blog: https://medium.com/@camdenartscentre/peer-forum-introductions-55e893ec337f
I will be taking part in PEER FORUM at Camden Arts Centre:
The 2017 PEER FORUM opportunity at Camden Arts Centre was awarded to lead artist Alicia Tsigarides who will be running a peer mentoring group with Leah Carless, Katharine Fry, Rebecca Jagoe, Olivia Brazier, Annie Attridge, Lindsey Mendick, Alicia Reyes McNamara, Holly Hendry, Mindy Lee and Tenant of Culture
This peer mentoring group established by Alicia Tsigarides brings together a group of women artists to examine the representation of femininity. They will identify how the body emerges in humorous, erotic or grotesque ways within their practices. Their contrasting approaches range from the Kitsch and provocative to the intimate and opulent. Some traverse gently between these extremes. Discussion will explore the boundaries between the sexual and the romantic, the tasteful and the vulgar. The role of the artist’s biography, including the influence of cultural backgrounds, life experiences and popular culture, will be considered. Exploring how the female body is presented throughout art history, they will identify established feminist arguments and current strategies used to define or disrupt ideas of gender. Examining the relationship between gender and materials, the group will discuss the importance of materiality and process in their work. The primary aim is to expand these ideas, whilst giving feedback on each other’s work. Bringing together these playful yet critical practices generates a conversation that feels relevant and needed in the current climate.
Peer Forum group is supported by Artquest https://www.artquest.org.uk/project/peer-forum-2017/peer-forum-2017-camden-arts-centre/
I am exhibiting in PIY Paint Lounge at Sluice Biennial
12 Bohemia Place, Mare St, London E8 1DU
30 September: Preview 3-9pm
1- 3 October: Open 12 – 6pm
Artists in Conversation
5 – 6pm Tuesday 3 October: Storytellers: Rebecca Byrne, Mindy Lee, Fabian Peake, Susan Sluglett
As a part of the ArtLicks weekend, I will be exhibiting in and presenting at:
Housework / Artwork
Private View: 6 – 9pm
Sarah Gillham, Carl Gent, Anders Gramer, Sigrid Holmwood, Fritha Jenkins, Mindy Lee, Catherine Morland, Paul Vivian, Paul Hazelton, Tom Walker, Amanda Couch
13 Cambrian Close,
An exhibition and series of events that to respond to the theme ofHousework/Artwork. The everyday material reality of reproductive labour will be presented and exhibited as art.
Sun 31st September: 2.30pm. Presentation
I will be demonstrating how I use sewing to amend, darn and sabotage clothing. These stitches are a visible, drawn element that forms part of my painting practice.
I am exhibiting in Something Borrowed, a group show at Arthouse1 Gallery, London.
HERMIONE ALLSOPP, SUSAN FRANCIS, RUTH FRANKLIN, SARAH GILLHAM, HANNAH HONEYWILL MINDY LEE, ALEX MARCH, KATE MURDOCH, LISA SNOOK, JACQUELINE UTLEY, ANDREA V WRIGHT
PRIVATE VIEW :THURSDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 6.30pm – 8.30pm
These artists work with memories, borrowing objects because they spark with history, memories, and meaning. The power of observation practiced by these eleven artists link decay with giving life, transform pain into desire, coax the intangible from the tangible, locate the virtual in a space of its own, and continually subvert expectation.
ARTHOUSE1 ART GALLERY | 45 GRANGE ROAD | LONDON SE1 3BH
I am exhibiting two collages in Antennae at Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes
London Private View Friday 12 May, 6-9pm
London Exhibition Dates 13 May – 14 May
Friday to Sunday 12-6pm
LUBOMIROV / ANGUS-HUGHES, 26 Lower Clapton Rd, (at the junction of Urswick Rd), London, E5 0PD
Review of In Infancy by Paul Carey-Kent for FAD magazine:
I will be exhibiting in ‘In Infancy’ with Sarah Gillham
PV Tuesday 19 July 6 – 8.30pm
Open daily (9am- 9pm) 20 July – 26 September 2016
level 5 Sherfield Building,
London, SW7 2AZ
In Infancy reveals the beginnings of two autobiographical projects initiated by artists Sarah Gillham and Mindy Lee shortly before and since the birth of their sons. This work in progress shows an evolving narrative growing out of intimate moments of daily domestic life. These private moments submerged within infancy disconnect from a sentimental nostalgia to transform routine, ritual and fetishisation into a mythology of the bodies’ inner and outer states. These bodies of work also echo and mirror the interconnectedness of life and death.
I am showing 3 blue paintings in once in a blue moon as the exhibition tours to Frankfurt
I am exhibiting in SIXTY at LUBOMIROV / ANGUS-HUGHES 13 – 22 May
London Opening and Public Vote : Friday 13 May, 6-9pm
London Viewing Dates 14 May – 22 May
Friday to Sunday 12-6pm, or by appointment
Artist Book publication: On Innards by Amanda Couch, Andrew Hladky, Mindy Lee and Richard Nash is on show at The Beany, 21 April – 14 August.
More information can be found at
an online catalogue of the exhibition can be viewed here, https://issuu.com/prescriptions/docs/prescriptions_catalogue_sm
I am showing 2 plate paintings in Once in a blue moon as it tours to Pod Atlantami in Walbrzych. Exhibition opens on 3rd February. Exhibition open 4 February – 4 March.
I will be presenting as a part of On Innards at the international conference, Livres d’Artistes: The Artist’s Book in Theory and Practice, 4-6 December 2015, at Cardiff University.
19 November 2015- 13 December 2015
Pump House Gallery
Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
Terry Barber, Tom Buchanan, Maria L. Felixmüller, Craig Fisher, Matt Gee, Paolo Giardi, Greta Hauer, Kevin Hunt, Scott Joseph, Morwenna Lake, Mindy Lee, Sonia Levy, Jammie Nicholas, Marina Rees, Sue Ridge, Willow Rowlands, Cyrus Shroff, Hazel Stone, Julia Zastava, Yoke and Zoom
For its third annual open call exhibition, things we didn’t have before, Pump House Gallery transforms into a cabinet of curiosities. Each of the gallery’s floors serve as different compartments, a treasure trove of wondrous artworks and objects that await discovery.
Supported by curator Hannah Conroy.
Around the square
A relook at paintings on canvas by Mindy Lee
11- 19 Nov
Blyth Gallery, level 5 Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London, SW7 2AZ
Artist book publication at the small publishers fair
CONWAY HALL, RED LION SQUARE, BLOOMSBURY, WC1R 4RL.
Once in a blue Moon
Galeria OFF Piotrwska, Łódź, Poland
Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett and Mamadou Touré aka Béhan
Opening Friday 11 September 2015.
Running from Sat 12 September – Sun 27 September
Galeria OFF Piotrwska proudly presents the upcoming group show “Once in Blue Moon”. Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett and Mamadou Touré aka Béhan – a selection of nine artists from Great Britain, Germany, Iran, Poland and Senegal revel in the colour Blue.
Blue appears to be the world’s most popular colour according to surveys. Blue is associated with trust, serenity and union. In art and popular culture many examples immediately spring to mind such as: Picasso’s “blue period”, Yves Klein’s blue monochromes and multinational blue branding used by Facebook, IKEA and Nivea etc.
Aleksandra Frankowska, Rodney Dee, Mindy Lee, Line Krom, Max Pauer, Niloufar Shiriani, Krzysztof Ślaziński, Susan Sluglett and Mamadou Touré aka Béhan explore the colours sumptuous elegance in technical, metaphorical and sensual ways, through illusionistic and physical dimensions. The exhibition will be a visual and physical feast, including edible, blue sculptures.
The title “Once in a Blue Moon” refers to an English saying meaning a rarely occurring event. A blue moon, a full moon occurring twice in a calendar month, only arises every 2,4 years. Picking up on the rare occasion as leitmotif the curators invite the public to submit blue coloured everyday objects building a bazar in all shades of blue. Both art works and everyday objects will be on display and for sale in the gallery.
Artists Book Launch
London Art Book Fair, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Thursday 10 September, (6pm-9pm) through to 6pm on Sunday 13 September.
Book signing by Mindy Lee, Amanda Couch and Richard Nash
1pm Saturday 12 September in Gallery 2.
Shortlisted for WW Solo Award
WW Gallery ‘In this, the fourth year of the SOLO award, the selection panel studied some 2500 images and multimedia works, from around 500 artists. We want to thank all the artists for submitting their work and make a special mention of those artists shortlisted for the award’
Selection Panel: Danielle Arnaud (Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art); Fedja Klikovac (Handel Street Projects);Sarah Monk (Director London Art Fair); Amba Sayal- Bennett (winner 2014 SOLO Award). Panel chair: Chiara Williams (WW Contemporary Art)
‘On Innards’ in Body Horror and Shapeshifting: A Multidisciplinary Exploration, 2014.
Edited by Jessica Folio and Holly Luhning,
pp. 51-88. ISBN 9781848883062
Amanda Couch and Andrew Hladky and Mindy Lee presented ‘On Innards’ at Body Horror 2, an international interdisciplinary conference in Athens, from 1-3 November 2013. It is now represented in three chapters in the e-book volume, ‘Body Horror and Shapeshifting’,
About Body Horror and Shapeshifting: A Multidisciplinary Exploration, 2014.
The body is unveiled, not as a terra incognita, but as terra to be rediscovered. The authors – whose diverse origins echo the multiple media used to convey their ideas – establish a link between bodily metamorphosis and psychological fissures. The body is a locus of paradoxes: deformed, infected, monstrosised or negated but at the same time fascinating, intimate or sensual. Here, readers will open the door of disruption. They will explore the flesh or the inner processes of the body, the idea of its degeneration, even its perception as a gaping wound. The authors in this volume question the very notion of identity as they embark on a journey to reflect on the self. Life itself is a shapeshifting dance we unknowingly join in its myriad of colours and moves.
In part two: ‘A Sensory Voyage of the Body’, the three chapters of ‘On Innards’ are:
a) ‘Reflection on Digestion: The Mouth’ by Amanda Couch;
b) ‘On Innards: Presentation of Artwork’ by Amanda Couch, Andrew Hladky and Mindy Lee;
c) ‘On Innards: A Three-Way Conversation’ by Amanda Couch, Andrew Hladky and Mindy Lee.
It can be purchased as a pdf at this link: https://www.interdisciplinarypress.net/online-store/ebooks/evil-monsters-horror/body-horror-and-shapeshifting
Magazine Article Publication: Mindy Lee ‘The First bite is with the eye’
Garageland Issue 18: Sex, pp 43-5
and Mindy Lee artists ‘Notes’ on p 5
Published by Transition Gallery.
November 2014 and February 2015
28 February – 29 March 2015
Unit 25a Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN
30 Aug – 4 Oct 2014, Every Sat & Sun, 11.00 – 17.00
(Friday by appointment) 5 Rendezvous Street, CT20 1EY
As a Part of Folkestone Triennial Fringe.
Artists include: Salvatore Arancio | Susan Beattie & Yvonne Stone | Bronwen Buckeridge | Robert Cary Williams |Tamsin Clark & Peter Saville | Blue Curry | Jorge de la Garza | Jess Eaton | Tessa Farmer | Keith Farquhar | Jon Fawcett | Nick Fox | Tom Gallant | Sarah Gillham | Patrick Goddard | Paul Hazelton | Richard Healy | Joey Holder | Nick Land | Liane Lang | Debbie Lawson | LEAK | Mindy Lee | Cathy Lomax | Dave Maclean (Django Django) | Clare Mitten | Catharine Morland | Laura Morrison | Évelie Mouila | Darren Nairn | Mike Nelson | Benjamin Orlow | Cathie Pilkington | David Rayson | Frances Richardson | Freddie Robins | Chris Rogers (Exotic-Erotic) | Sh! (represented by Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould) | Alli Sharma | Corinna Spencer | Amy Stephens | Jack Stokoe | Marloes ten Bhomer | Mimei Thompson | Suzanne Treister | Tom Walker | John Walter | Phil Wilson-Perkin …
Group Show and Event
Blyth Gallery, 5th Floor Sherfield Building, Imperial College, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2AZ.
8 October – 7 November 2014.
On Innards is a multidisciplinary project developed by artists Amanda Couch, Andrew Hladky and Mindy Lee, that explores the changing conceptualisations of guts and digestion, their impact on the creative process and the role they play in constructing and destabilising our sense of self.
The project will involve an exhibition at Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, from 8 October until 7 November 2014, with an opening reception on 7 October 2014 from 6 until 8.30pm. To accompany the exhibition there will be a daylong multidisciplinary event at Blyth Gallery and Kensington & Chelsea Central Library on 11 October 2014 from 10am until 5pm.
On Innards | Exhibition | 8 October – 7 November 2014
The exhibition at Blyth Gallery will consist of artwork by Hladky, Lee and Couch exploring intestines, entrails, and the digestive process as material, image, and metaphor. They will show paintings, objects and prints that move between representation and realism, making reference to Gaston Bachelard’s claim that digestion ‘is the origin of the strongest kind of realism’. Central to the work is the desire to avoid the flattening effects of representation and encourage more embodied ways for people to encounter artwork. We hope to remind our audience of their physical presence in relation to images and language, as well as showing the inner workings of the image and text.
Cutting across media, Amanda Couch’s work uses the processes and lived experience of her own body as material and metaphor to create images and objects that are both visceral and narrative. Andrew Hladky is interested in the inner bodily processes of his paintings, revealing the conflict between their surface illusion and the lumpen material that forms them. Mindy Lee’s plated paintings are served as a cannibalistic smorgasbord of revived images regurgitated from historical painting.
On Innards | Event | 11 October 2014
Accompanying the exhibition Lee, Couch and Hladky will lead a participatory and experiential day-long event exploring multi-disciplinary perspectives on digestion, innards and the interior body. It will bring together researchers and practitioners from the fields of gastroenterology, cultural theory, art history, yoga, performance and fine art and the medical humanities, and participants to share knowledge and experiences. The event is free and open to all.
Recent medical research re-imagines the digestive system as a sensory organ and second brain, the site of our most direct and complex physical exchange with the external world. It has a profound effect on our mood and ability to function, but its reasoning remains largely inaccessible to our awareness. The idea that our guts lurk behind the scenes exerting a decisive influence on our actions is an unsettling one, challenging modern cerebro-centred images of selfhood and agency. This event will highlight some of the ways different imaginings of the gut can clash with customary ways of viewing our bodies and ourselves.
On Innards / Event is free, open to all and on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets should be booked in advance via Eventbrite, http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/on-innards-event-tickets-12834078073
On Innards is generously supported by University for the Creative Arts, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Imperial College and is a part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Celebration of Science 2014.