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BODY UNBOUND

 

 

Sculptures by six artists explore the body, its communication and its place within the world from different perspectives.

2nd June - 3rd July 2022

Vwarphf

works in whatever medium is to hand. In 2017 they chanced upon a drop-in pottery session. They immediately came up with the idea for ‘Cockwork’ (a small milk jug version of the sculpture from A Clockwork Orange as a response to misogyny in the film industry). The work coined them the nickname ‘cock-lady’ amongst the potters of Liverpool. Since summer 2021 they’ve been working predominantly in charcoal. Exploring themes of sexuality, Jungian philosophy, historic abuse, mental health, reproduction and memory.

 

Lucia Jurikova

is an artist and curator. She explores different perspectives of art history, its theory and canon, and playfully transforms famous artworks into forms that comment on the contemporary world of art. Often, her works and writings are based on humorous metaphors and connotations that later translate into more serious topics and problems that the current art world suffers from - the topics of exclusivity, privilege, or ‘genius’ and his image in the art world.

 

Rimma Bartov

is fascinated by psychology and physical expression - the human form, body language and emotion. Having worked for years as a surgeon, her medical background lends to her intimate understanding of a human body and behaviour, especially in critical situations. Clay, with its plasticity, has a great expressive quality. It is my preferred medium.

 

Mirella Bandini

is an artist working primarily in ceramics, often coupled with or inspired by found objects, old rusty metal and gnarled bits of wood. Bandini follows an intuitive process of making – a communion between clay and the human hand. Her pieces are frequently figurative in nature with a deeply emotive quality, and are often bound physically or contextually to ‘place’ - a means of exploring ones roots and ones place in the earth.

 

Zaisha Leoni

gives the form the invisible and intangible. Her experience of the world is very physical - her emotions become corporeal, like masses beneath her skin or weights that appear within her, so her body becomes a kind of translator. Being able to view the visual manifestation of an emotional response allows her the space to digest and accept it. It is a grounding process, facilitating the otherwise blurred connection between her conscious and unconscious mind.

 

Emily Hana

explores themes of coming back to your body and healing after sexual and emotional trauma, facing yourself and learning to befriend these places of discomfort. Her interest in the concept of light as a three dimensional material and how it can change our perception and interaction with a space plays a key role in my work. She works predominantly with discarded and found objects to make sculptural canvases, taking unwanted and ugly things and giving them value as a process of reclaiming parts of myself that have been discarded or demonised over time.