Un-still Life presents work by eight emerging artists around themes of domestic life. The Apartment, in Notting Hill, is the ideal gallery to host the exhibition, as it showcases leading designers' pieces and contemporary artists together in an intimate living space.
Un-still Life probes our concept of home. Domestic space hides its secrets under a thin layer of formica: home is a place of sweetness but also drudgery and conflict, dream and memory. These notions are explored through painting, photography, drawing, collage, sculpture and installation.
With a slide projection of drawings, Holly Antrum takes us on an exploration of a childhood house. Maxfileld Bozeat's food installation questions the boundary between domestic life and art. Photographer Beth Colocci pushes the boundaries of her
medium with domestic images printed on fried eggs. Polly Gouldâs work derives from the pin-board as a contemporary version of the quodlibet or 'what pleases', popular as a subject for trompe l'oeil painting in the 16th century. Valerie Jolly's ethereal tissue paper sculptures are like the domestic objects' souls trying to escape their everyday condition. Alli Sharma's paintings uncover the powerful nostalgia of overlooked, kitsch artefacts. Constance Slaughter's still lives are disrupted by male toys and imaginary heroes. Stephanie Quayle's sculpture brings the outside into the home: it looks as if the fox just jumped in from nearby Kensington Gardens.
Each artist has highly individual aesthetics, yet the works echo each other with playfulness sometimes bordering on dark humour and a strong sense of wonder, taking the viewer on a reflective journey into the meaning of home.
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