ZOE MENDELSON
b. London 1976
Works   |   Exhibitions featuring Zoe Mendelson
 Zoë Mendelson was born in London, in 1976 where she still lives. She studied Painting at Chelsea College of Art and at the Royal College of Art, London. Recent solo exhibitions includeHeadspace,Collections de Saint Cyprien, France (2008); In-patient, Plane Space Gallery, New York (2007); Archival Loot, Gas gallery, Turin, Italy (2007), and recent group exhibitions include Waaaaoohh!, Crac Alsace, France, (2008); Oh Vienna, Two-person show with Joel Tomlin at Transition, London (2008); Ophelia’s World, Kunst Galleria Museo, Bolzano, Italy, (2007), The Square Root of Drawing, Gallery Temple Bar, Dublin (2006).

I create intricately drawn, collaged and painted dreamscapes occurring on paper, walls, and within communication devices and antique furniture. With conflicting roots in decoration and the functionality proposed by Modernist thought, these dislocated narratives play off intimations of desire, discomfort and reason. The works relate to each other archivally. Furniture pieces become museological and have the irritating arrogance of weight and historical association. My paper works are flimsy in feel but meticulously made, alluding to workings out or chronicling of thought-processes. Wall-drawings and installations are fleeting and performative-making them feels akin to building elaborate sandcastles before a high tide. The different media become vehicles for shifting notations of histories/case studies. They are linked thematically and by the same labour-intensity regardless of temporality.

Through embellished worlds, I manipulate idealised spaces and gentility employing their codes as a cover for erotic excess and psychiatric ‘disorder’. Evoking acquisitive excesses of Victorian imperialists and collectors, my images draw on or falsely adopt the significance of relics, often gathered together and displayed in the environs of a sham museum, entrapped within customised antique furniture.


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