AboutThe Star and Dove contemporary artspace is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Kate Lyddon. Born in Brighton and now based in Hackney, London, Lyddon graduated from Chelsea School of Art and Design in 2006 with an MA in Fine Art and has mainly exhibited in London and Europe. Recent shows include the Fold Gallery, London, Galleri Anders Lundmark and Galleri Mejan, Stockholm, Skellefteà ¥ Konsthall, Skellefteà ¥, Sweden and Teaterhotellet Galleri, Malmö, Sweden. Her works are in private collections in USA, Sweden, Denmark and Norway and more recently in the Saatchi Collection, London.
Often humorous and poignant, Lyddon's pictures combine objects such as dolls hair (sometimes real), bits of wallpaper and stickers. Her work has an autobiographical element taking motifs and images from the everyday, creating scenes with characters playing out narratives, which examine common situations or events. A seemingly naà ¯ve approach to drawing, Lyddon's characters have a seductive and yet repelling form, resembling figurative works by Francis Bacon. A man combs a woman's hair; real hair stuck onto the canvas; and orange colour pours out from his mouth. On her body are the words âdirty devil' and on his, âsinging about some old flame.' Heavily influenced by a wide variety of music, artists such as Soft Cell, The Smiths, Elvis, Peggy Lee or even love songs on Magic FM, fuel the hallucinatory aesthetic of her work, often taking song lyrics as a starting point for creating relationships between her characters.
For her solo exhibition at The Star and Dove, Lyddon has created a number of new works, which will be shown alongside existing works. Her new works have been realised predominantly through painting and collage. Elaborating on the theme of the everyday narrative in these new works, she takes the domestic scene and locates it outside, or locates the characters of these narratives in a somewhat odd or out of the ordinary context. This exhibition will see her figures playing out their scenes in more curious, peculiar surroundings than the comfort of the domestic room.