She Curates, Clovermill Artist Residency & Wilder Gallery are delighted to present an eight-artist exhibition, featuring selected artists from their collaborative international Open Call. The dynamic showcase is grounded in the collective’s commitment to openness, accessibility, engagement and a true championing of artists. Following the exhibition, two artists will be selected and take up residence at CloverMill Artist Residency, The Netherlands in 2022.
Featuring: Julia Bennett, Lee Cameron, Shaoyu Chen, Selby H.I, Zayn Qahtani, Gherdai Hassell, Tracey Slater and Salomé Wu. She Curates, Clovermill Artist Residency and Wilder Gallery are delighted to present an eight-artist exhibition, featuring selected artists from their collaborative international Open Call. The dynamic showcase is grounded in the collective’s commitment to openness, accessibility, engagement and a true championing of artists. The collaborative project sought to invite a diverse range of artists from around the world to present a selection of works at Wilder Gallery. Two exhibiting artists will be further offered the opportunity to take up residence at Clovermill in 2022. A broad variety of themes run throughout the curation, from Slater and Hassell’s bold exploration and centring of the female body, the humour of Cameron’s works, and the otherworldliness, mythic and distortion of Qahtani, Chen and Wu’s practice. From over 200 applications, this Open Call exhibition demonstrates a snapshot of the exciting talent contemporary working today, crossing mediums, themes and continents. The selection celebrates the range and depth of the collaboration’s collective interests. - Wilder Gallery is an independent gallery in the heart of Kensal Rise showcasing emerging and contemporary art. - Clovermill Artist Residency is an independent artist driven initiative and artist focused Residency launched in 2021. - She Curates is a platform Founded by Independent Curator Mollie E Barnes, to help facilitate her practice and provided a directory for women and queer artists. Mollie works to champion equality in the art world.
Zayn Qahtani (b.1997) is a painter, drawer and sculptor based between Bahrain and London. Her work is a dance between what is seen and what is felt, compiling a personal mythology along the way. Working on recycled materials, and hand making her own paints and tools from plants and minerals, Zayn allows the works to take on a life of their own, truly vibrating with the energy of the land itself.
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Lee Cameron was born and grew up in the Scottish Highlands. He relocated to London at age 18 and went on to establish himself as a celebrated hairdressers. Boredom during the first lockdown encouraged Lee to pick up a paintbrush for the first time, and that turned into a daily meditative act and his new and most exciting creative project to date. Lee paints everyday in his Berlin studio where he has now relocated, and is pursuing and focusing all his energy into that.
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Julia Bennett (b.1995, California, USA) is an American artist based in London. She holds a BA in Film/Photography and is currently attending the Royal College of Art. Emotional in form, reflective in composition – lived experience, research, and fictitious futures accumulate onto the “rag on the wall” in repetitive, instinctual movements. Her work has become a reflection of our entangling with an Earth that has been colonized, commodified and ultimately consumed without ceasing.
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Shaoyu Chen is a visual artist from Taiwan practicing painting and embroidery. Her studies on literature and Jungian psychology for her BA degree deeply influenced her creative process, as she often approaches her subjects through psychological analysis and metaphorical representations. The mythical figures in her paintings mirror universal archetypes that our conscious minds are often unaware of.
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Gherdai Hassell is a Bermudian born, China trained, multidisciplinary contemporary artist, writer and storyteller, based in Manchester, UK. Her work investigates memory and nostalgia to create unexpected narratives surrounding identity. She uses collage to thread and weave histories, and tales of transformation passed down through family lineages. The work suggests that identity should be self-determined and understood, and contextualized through connection with others.
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Selby Hurst Inglefield (b.1997, Brighton). Selby uses the technique of rug punching to create her textile works. This medium allows her to create a physical sense of comfort through the soft textures and the relaxing time consuming nature of the process. Rug punching also allows Selby to reflect on her practice’s wider themes of the domestic space, home and the mundane.
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Salomé Wu b. 1996, is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice involves oil painting, printing on silk, installations, and performance. Her work examines otherworldliness through translations and ever-evolving reinterpretations of a personal mythology, formed from her observation of time, fragility, and the interplay between reality and the unseen. Her work is actively devoid of contemporary models of identification and taxonomy, relying on obliquely biomorphic figures to populate her work.
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Born in 1983, lives and works in her hometown, Derby. Slater's process is instinctive and impulsive. Her main muse being the female nude. The faces she creates are often grotesque, humorous yet familiar. Painting the eyes green, transferring herself into the pieces, becoming the subject that has inspired it. She gains a sense of freedom when working. Embedding the emotions into her lines and marks.
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