29 Jul 2015 – 2 Aug 2015

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The Gallery is open Wednesday 29th July to Sunday - 2nd August 11am-6pm and is open Friday 31st July 11am-10pm

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Mercer Chance

London, United Kingdom


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  • Hoxton Overground / Old Street Underground
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Mercer Chance is proud to present an exhibition of new work by Elsie Phipps, featuring mixed media paintings alongside an installation of sculptural and found objects.


Exhibition open Wednesday 29th July - Sunday 2nd August 2015, 11am-6pm
Private View - Friday 31st July, 7-10pm

253 Hoxton Street, N1 5LG

For press enquires, photo/interview requests and sales, contact: info@mercerchance.co.uk 07715816779


This body of work was made in the months after the loss of a friend who shared Elsie’s studio. The work centres around an altered sense of reality caused by this change, and the absence that she felt to resonate in that space; including echoes of conversations past. 

During this time, the studio became very present in her mind imbuing a strange significance to the space and its contents. Scraps of white lace reveal themselves, both skeletal and spectral. They are photographed in winged form and collaged into the surface of Moths In The Studio, representing transformation.

These themes are further explored in Metamorphosis. The elegiac atmosphere in these paintings is created through a subdued, yet nuanced palette and diffuse, pervasive light. The work gains a temporal dimension through the palimpsest-like treatment of the surface, which gains in richness with every erasure, collaged addition or repainting. 

The paintings are complemented by a sensitive installation of objects. Some were left behind in the studio, while others were created by Elsie in response to the notion of a presence leaving a physical remnant, or rather the impossibility of physically representing an absence, an abstract form of memory.


About the Artist

Elsie studied BA hons Painting at Camberwell college of arts, and MA in History of Art & Archaeology at The School of Oriental and African Studies. Her work is predominantly mixed media paintings.  Recently she completed an edition of 30 hand bound books titled 'Between Loss and Absence'.


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Elsie Phipps

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