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Zoe Mendelson
updated: 03/25/2010
website: www.zoemendelson.co.uk
 
   
 
 
     
 
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A Flattening
Mirage (1 and 2)
Building up to something
The second coming
The Projectionist's Illusion (detail of wall drawing)
The Projectionist's Illusion (Detail of wall drawing)
The Projectionist's Illusion (detail of installation)
Safecarder
Therapy Suite
Installation in progress at CRAC, Alsace, France 2008
Self-Defeating, Lying Archive (3)
These Sandcastles (performance)
These Sandcastles (document of a performance)
Scheherezade's Sideboard
Headspace
 
Portfolio Keywords:  psychological, collage, architecture, site-specific, technology
 
 
A Flattening by Zoe Mendelson
A Flattening
Lightbox
2008
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Mirage (1 and 2) by Zoe Mendelson
Mirage (1 and 2)
Collage, glass dome, wood plinth, light, peep hole
2008
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Building up to something by Zoe Mendelson
Building up to something
Collage and pencil
2007
Dimensions variable
The second coming by Zoe Mendelson
The second coming
pen on drafting film
2006
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The Projectionist's Illusion (detail of wall drawing) by Zoe Mendelson
The Projectionist's Illusion (detail of wall drawing)
Pencil and graphite on wall, defunct projectors, paper cones
2008
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The Projectionist's Illusion (Detail of wall drawing) by Zoe Mendelson
The Projectionist's Illusion (Detail of wall drawing)
Pencil and graphite on wall, defunct projectors, paper cones
2008
Dimensions variable
The Projectionist's Illusion (detail of installation) by Zoe Mendelson
The Projectionist's Illusion (detail of installation)
Pencil and graphite on wall, defunct projectors, paper cones
2008
Dimensions variable
Safecarder by Zoe Mendelson
Safecarder
Photograph of sculpture/collages
2010
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Therapy Suite by Zoe Mendelson
Therapy Suite
Collage
2010
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Installation in progress at CRAC, Alsace, France 2008 by Zoe Mendelson
Installation in progress at CRAC, Alsace, France 2008
Pencil and graphite on wall
2008
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Self-Defeating, Lying Archive (3) by Zoe Mendelson
Self-Defeating, Lying Archive (3)
Fax machine, thermal roll (performance)
2008 - 2009
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These Sandcastles (performance) by Zoe Mendelson
These Sandcastles (performance)
Paint, pencil, graphite, confectionery tools, sugar
Nov 26 2008, Paris, France
Dimensions variable
These Sandcastles (document of a performance) by Zoe Mendelson
These Sandcastles (document of a performance)
pencil and pen on paper
2009
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Scheherezade's Sideboard by Zoe Mendelson
Scheherezade's Sideboard
Cabinet, painted eggs, slideshow, collage, drawing, lightboxes, sound
2008
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Headspace by Zoe Mendelson
Headspace
pen on draft film
2007
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Artist Statement

 

My research brings together interests in museology, architecture/ function and psychological space.

 

I have a multi-disciplinary practice with drawing pivotal, and relationships sustained between temporal and perennial supports. I mostly make drawing, collage, sculpture and site-specific installation.

 

I create embellished worlds manipulating idealised spaces and gentility and employing their codes as a cover for seductive excess and psychiatric ‘disorder’. My work takes place on paper, walls, and within communication devices and objects. With conflicting roots in decoration and the functionality proposed by Modernist thought, these dislocated narratives play off intimations of desire, awkwardness and reason.

 

Painstakingly drawn, these fictions become obsessive and analogue mechanics are referred to in the work as allegories for process. Defunct slide/film projectors, staged as illusory devices, are switched off and allowed to falsely ‘project’ detailed drawings directly onto the wall.

 

The works relate to each other archivally: Sculptural/object-based pieces become museological and have the irritating arrogance of weight and historical association. Paper works allude to workings-out or chronicling of thought-processes. My wall-drawings are often fleeting – not unlike building elaborate sandcastles before high tide. The different media become vehicles for shifting notations of histories/case studies. They are linked thematically and by a labour-intensity regardless of longevity.

 

I am currently writing a novel across dimensions and have been awarded AHRC funding towards a doctorate at Central Saint Martins, London which includes its development. It concerns the altering function and psychology of architectural space and is in textual, drawn and theatrical form.

I live and work in London and lecture in Fine Art at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design and Wimbledon College of Art.

 

Artist Bio / CV

17.04.1976
London, UK

Web: www.zoemendelson.co.uk

See also: www.sharedstudio.blogspot.com

Education:

2009 – current PhD studies, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London

1998 – 2000 MA, Painting, Royal College of Art, London

1995 – 1998 BA Hons Fine Art, Painting, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London

Awards:

Oct 2009 – Sept 2012 AHRC doctoral studentship at University of the Arts, London


November 2007 Grants for the Arts Award through Arts Council England towards the making of a large scale interactive installation

Solo Exhibitions (since 2005):

Nov - Jan 2008/09 Lie Detector, Act 1, Illusion, Galerie Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers, Paris

Nov - Jan 2008/09 Lie Detector, Act 2, Delusion, Galerie Schleicher + Lange, Paris

Nov - Jan 2008/09 Lie Detector, Act 3, A third show in a virtual realm which connected the two above performatively.

Feb 2008 Headspace, solo show, Collections de Saint Cyprien, France

Sept 2007 In-patient, Plane Space Gallery, New York

Feb 2007 Archival Loot, Gas gallery, Turin, Italy

Sept 2006 Wunderkammer, Galerie Schleicher + Lange, Paris

March 2006 Seven Histories of the Island, Galerie Kapinos, Berlin

March 2006 Fiction Section, Mogadishni, Copenhagen

Sept 2005 Pavilion, Millais Gallery, Southampton

April/May 2005 P’s and Q’s, Rokeby, London

Selected Group Exhibitions (since 2005):

Oct 2008 Waaoohh! CRAC, Alsace, France

Sept 2008 Precious Things, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland

June 2008 Summer 2008, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA

March 2008 Oh Vienna , self-curated two-person show with Joel Tomlin at Transition, London.

Jan 2008 Same as It Ever Was, The Arts Gallery, London

Jan 2007 Maniera, Techniques et Persuasion, MCNN, Nevers, France

Jan 2007 Ophelia’s World, Kunst Galleria Museo, Bolzano, Italy

Oct 2006 The Square Root of Drawing, Gallery Temple Bar, Dublin

Sept 2006 Jerwood Drawing Prize 2006, travelling show, UK

May 2006 Fable, three-person show, Chapter, Centre for the Contemporary Arts, Cardiff, Wales

June 2005 J’en Rêve, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

May 2005 Aller, Retour, Galerie Schleicher + Lange, Paris

Extended CV on website