Lot 173 - Scarlett Pochett - After The Venus of Lespugue (detail I)
280gsm matte card print on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
Curated by Art on a Postcard
Scarlett Pochet is a multidisciplinary artist based in London, who is currently in her final year at the Slade School of Fine Art. Her practice embraces and is stimulated by an exploration and experimentation of materials; materials which can be embodied, manipulated or sewn into vessels, inhabited or worn as wearable sculpture.
Her practice is concerned with ideas around ‘the monstrous feminine’, hybridity, dichotomies of human ‘perfection’/distortion, decay/ preservation, natural/synthetic and protection/vulnerability, with regards to the female body. She often explores such themes through a 17th and 18th century still life lens.
Foundation Diploma at Kingston School of Art
Currently in final year at The Slade School of Fine Art
Scarlett has displayed work in several group shows including a recent group show, Crawl Space at The Crypt Gallery in Euston. She exhibited in the group show, Interim, alongside fellow artists at the Slade. She recently organised, curated and was a part of the group show under the title, Papillon alongside her curatorial partner, Moriah Ogunbiyi. She has plans to set up more exhibitions in the future.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
After the Venus of Lespugue draws inspiration from a hermaphroditic Palaeolithic sculpture, which is at once bulbous and phallic. The piece's title and curling tailed body both contradicts and adopts typical and historical associations of the mythological goddess, Venus, a symbol of beauty, sex, desire and fertility. Contrastingly, the sculptural work resembles a strange creature, which protects its protruding eggs, nestled within its carved body from the exterior world.
Compositionally, this body of work is influenced by the uncanny triptych paintings of Francis Bacon and the dramatic, opulent style of the Baroque.
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