Identity Mincer explores the relationship between inheritance, place and identity through the work of artist Sophia Shuvalova. The one-day show will take place in Bedford's Crypt,The exhibition features the visual works of Ms. Shuvalova as well as an auditory installation for which the show is named. The show came about as a result of discussions between the artist and the curator about their experiences as immigrants and the importance of place and history to identity. The works touch on the liminal experience of not belonging where you live, but no longer belonging where you are from. The exhibition will run on the 2nd of May.
Artist Bio (Sophia Shuvalova): My intuitive multidisciplinary practice is underpinned by painting, as both the process and the concept. From figurative oil on canvas to deconstruction and reconstruction of painting with physical and/or digital methods, to a way of seeing the world as light and form, painting travels from its representational origins to its sculptural possibilities, meeting its counterparts in alternate media. Within my practice the subject is inextricably linked with the object. Many influences converge in an endeavoured reconciliation between the physical and the metaphysical. The disparate themes that range from contemporary Astrophysics theories to the history of Old Russian Orthodox Church inform the examination of the contrast between the masculine 'stasis' of dogma and the 'feminine' fluidity of transcendence, between finality and ephemera. Curator Bio: Annabel (Rosie) Smith, holds a BA in Archaeology, Anthropology, and Art History from the University of East Anglia. She is currently engaged in receiving her MA Curation from Norwich University of the Arts. She currently interns with the East Anglia Art Fund. This is her first exhibition.