Private view: Thursday 1 September, 6pm-8pm
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery presents BLOODWORK, the first solo exhibition in the UK of London-born, Brooklyn-based artist Zoë Buckman.
Buckman’s practice takes an explicitly feminist and activist approach. Often reacting to issues pervading patriarchal society, her work explores experiences of gendered violence and trauma, both from a personal and societal perspective. Working predominantly with embroidery on vintage textiles, Buckman brings together elements of old and new, highlighting the shared and cross-generational nature of these experiences.
Buckman’s latest body of work, BLOODWORK, focuses on portraits of survivors, whether those of domestic abuse, illness, or other hardships, and their radical embracement of joy in the face of such adversity. Primarily drawn from people from Buckman’s own close circle, the subjects depicted are seen to be thriving in the wake of a prior, or persisting, pain. In the work lately I see your ribbons & your bows, a cancer survivor is seen in a moment of ecstatic exaltation; with scars visible from surgeries, her arms are thrown up behind her head and her expression exudes positivity. Inspired by rave culture and the freedom and transformative qualities of music, BLOODWORK renders many of its figures in a state of dynamism, dancing across the fabric.
Zoë Buckman (b. 1985 Hackney, East London) is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation and photography. Upcoming exhibitions include Another Justice: Us is Them, curated by Hank Willis Thomas and For Freedoms, at Parrish Art Museum, NY, opening in July 2022. Recent exhibitions include Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2022); How Do We Know the World?, Baltimore Museum of Art (2021-23); She Says: Women, Words and Power, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (2021).Collections include Baltimore Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, and Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk.
Zoë Buckman, she was hungry & it was your work, 2022