Lindsey Mendick is a London-based artist who works with clay, a medium that is often associated with decoration and the domestic, subverting these historic connotations to create skilled monuments to ‘low culture’ and the contemporary female experience. Often culminating in elaborate installations, Mendick’s autobiographical work offers a form of catharsis, encouraging the viewer to explore their own personal history through the revisionist lens of the artist. Her work challenges the male gaze, promoting instead an unapologetic, humorous and, at times, grotesque femininity.
Inspired by the film ‘A Zed and Two Noughts’ by Peter Greenaway, ROT is a series of new ‘ceramic paintings’ by Mendick that examine the fine line between attraction and revulsion. Created during lockdown, five still lifes are carved in triptychs depicting three stages of decomposition. They display both a fear and fascination with the prospect of decay, a duality that occupies much of the artist’s work.
Lindsey Mendick received an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 2017. She was the recipient of the Alexandra Reinhardt memorial award in 2018 and was also selected for Jerwood Survey 2019. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Castor Projects, London; Hannah Barry Gallery, London; The Turnpike, Leigh; Zabludowicz Collection, London; and Vitrine, Basel.