Showing at ‘Pyschic Anemone’ at Cob Gallery, 2021
Work Details:In Cold Water, Her Curls Became Liquid202158x68x4cm framedSilk hand-embroidery and freshwater pearl on woven jacquard in walnut
The work draws upon the idea of the ‘bottle’ or container as hero, as detailed in The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction by Ursula K Le Guin. In the essay, Le Guin presents a theory of human evolution drawn from Elizabeth Fisher’s cult feminist text Woman’s Creation: Sexual Evolution and the Shaping of Society that the first human tool was not a weapon but a receptacle, something that made it possible to collect more than could be held in the hands. Taking the form of a teardrop, the works foreground the experience of the body as vessel through collected fragments; hands, hair, the mouth, and the eye. Drawn from a passage in book five of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, considering the relationship between fluidity and transformation. Between folds of satin, static curls becomes tender, dissolving into ribbons; ‘fading away, they vanished into slim streams’.
Cob Gallery is proud to present Psychic Anemone, a group exhibition of mixed-media work by Bea Bonafini, Charlotte Edey and Zoe Williams. These artists are brought to comparison for their multilayered artistic approaches to the transcendental image. Through their powerfully individual languages of symbolism Bonafini, Edey and Williams address similar themes which include the body politic, ritual, magic, gender, mythology, spirituality, eroticism and sensuality.
The works in Psychic Anemone are anchored to a liquidity of form and as such, can be explored through an implication of ‘hydrofeminism’ – a mode of posthuman feminist phenomenology that understands our bodies as fundamentally a part of the natural world, not separate from it or bearing any privileged relation to it.
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