‘Et Dieu Crea La Femme’
An exhibition of photography, sculptures and video art exploring all aspects of the sublime feminine from creation and nurture, to ‘mother’ nature, from temptation to the sensual and the intellectual.
Artists are Pandemonia, Maryam Eisler and Charlotte Colbert.
Pandemonia ( ‘Venus’ – Video Art)
Beauty is dangerous. Ever adapting and reinventing itself, beauty is the eternal life force. It is one of our drivers, one that is inexorably linked with sex, life and meaning. Often subverted and used against us as a seductive yet oppressive force to coerce or sell product, it belongs to each and every one of us. We experience the sublime through looking at beauty in nature and in art.
Stripping down Pandemonia’s image to the barest essentials became a semiotic exercise. By de-emphasising real-life details, Pandemonia became a concept that allowed the artist to pass through society and inhabit the world of myth and brand.
‘I have always been interested in our collective mythology and how it informs modern life. Going beyond the 20th archetypes through Bridget Bardot, Manet, Titian and Botticelli’s Venus. The latter’s archetypal Venus is part of our collective memory and still influences todays fashion, design and product. As Pandemonia, I am able to explore this connection with its art historical origins through cultural criticism, including that of the beauty myth surrounding the work itself.’
Medium: video art
Other works from Pandemonia include table top sculpture maquettes, flowers, lipsticks and watches anoungst others. Some of these use optical illusions to disrupt reality. Also on display are a range of T-shirts. Created mid 2000s by an anonymous London artist, Pandemonia is a multi-media conceptual Art project centered around a female motif constructed from symbols and archetypes. Pandemonia is a vessel for the artist to travel through society, and inhabit the world of myth and brand. Through public interventions, Pandemonia has been absorbed by the media complex, appearing in print magazines, film, social media and major product advertisements, all to reach and effect public consciousness. Using her celebrity life as a narrative, the London artist inhabits Pandemonia to create a wide range of Art and products that reflects and comments on 21st century life.
‘I created Pandemonia from mass media imagery, then fed her back to the very same media.’ Pandemonia
Venus, 2019 Edition of 10
Video Art: 25fps Progressive HD animation includes HDMI media player compatable with HDMI projectors and Screens.
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Maryam Eisler ( ‘O for Origin’ series – Photographs)
Iceland at first glance looks like earth at its origins: creation in its biblical sense.
The bleakness, the stark contrasts, the sombre colours, the volcanic rock that seems to have pushed its way up, only yesterday – All this makes one think where it is that we have come from, how it is that we have arrived here, and where it is that we wish to go. In sum, a visit to Iceland offers an opportunity for thought provoking existential questions.
As inspiration for art, the extraordinary nature of the terrain is close to a genuine land of Fire and Ice. Active volcanoes living side by side with icebergs, under the phosphorescent lights of the Aurora Borealis, create a powerful visual poetry like no other place I’ve visited. It is no wonder this extraordinary land is rich in folkloric myths, and traditions tracing their roots to Norsemen. Goddesses and mythical creatures roamed the land since the dawn of time.
The Icelandic culture is dominated by women, and the progressive nature of society and its politics are proof positive of that fact. And if there ever was a way to highlight the seminal importance of the role of Woman in creation, it can be seen in the bowels of the Icelandic landscape, the female curves perfectly marrying the green moss-covered volcanic outcrops dominating one’s vision, into murky, distant horizons.
The photographer is left with little choice, variety and scale dictated by nature’s hand.
Medium: Colour and black and white gyclee prints on Hahnemuhle archival cotton fibre paper
and platinum prints on Arches cotton paper.
Other works from Maryam’s black and white ‘Pas de Deux’ and platinum series ‘Imagining Tina: a Dialogue With Edward Weston’ will be shown alongside her ‘O’ series.
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Charlotte Colbert (Motherhood series – flocked ceramic sculptures)
Language, psychoanalysis, and sociopolitical constructions of gender and identity are at the heart of Charlotte Colbert’s practice. Spanning across film, photography, ceramics and sculpture, she questions narrative structures and storytelling, weaving surreal and fantastical mise-en-scene in a documentarian fashion. Fiction becomes a way to approach the truth and the most intimate emotions.
Colbert’s recent ceramic series continues to play with the inversion and subversion of the inside and the outside. The forms combine the most organic materials, shapes and symbols with the most synthetic and artificial; Manufactured synthetic biology come together with nature in a powerful visual representation.
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Written by Kim Grahame