Titania Seidl, Nadia Hebson and Holly Antrum (with Rose O'Gallivan) respond to the legacy of little-known British artist Winifred Knights (1899-1947).
Winifred Knights was the first woman painter to hold a Rome Scholarship; noted for both her meticulous draughtsmanship and her unique sense of dress, she represented Britain at the 1925 Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratifs. Completing just seven major works, her masterpiece The Deluge (1921) is held in the Tate Collection. In the 1930s Knights collaborated with designers Rolf Engstromer and Peter Malacrida on the interior decoration of Eltham Palace, the Courtauld family's Art Deco residence in South London. Knights' diminutive body of work and early death have meant her legacy remains occluded.
'Moda WK' explores the generative possibilities of 'subjective biography' and the creative significance of female friendship. In recasting an expanded artistic inheritance the artists have been able to consider misunderstanding and misinterpretation, filmic and painterly narrative, writers/painters block and the expressive significance of dress. The discursive threads that have emerged, both oblique and specific, have served as prompts for a visual conversation.
Works loaned by kind permission of the estate of Winifred Knights and Liss Fine Art.