Lot 415 - Vanessa Mitter - Leda and the Swan (Part three)
Japanese Watercolour, Pencil, Pen and Oil Pastel on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Signed on verso
Vanessa Mitter is a painter and a performance artist, who lives and works in London.
Mitter co-founded the all-female international artist collective, LaLa, with the artist Paige Perkins in 2019.
Alice Butler (Frieze Writer's Prize, 2012) writes that ‘in Vanessa Mitter’s paintings, the personal is treated as a pliant material, a source of affect and investigation, but also of fiction and performance. Collage, paint and pigment find a way on to the canvas in ephemeral expressive gestures.’
Mitter's work is held in private collections in Europe and America, including the Helen Rowe Collection, London and the collection of Dexter Dalwood, London.
BTEC Higher National Diploma: Foundation Art and Design - Kingston University, Surrey
BA Honours Fine Art: Painting, Central Saint Martins College, London
Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
Selected exhibitions include: With Love, Paint Talk, Objects of Desire, ASC Gallery (London), The Lore of the Land, Churchgate Gallery (London), Mother Art Prize, Mimosa House (London), Velvet Ropes, David Risley Gallery (Copenhagen), Velvet Ropes at Athina Art Fair (Athens) through 0-0 Gallery (Los Angeles), Ornamental Neon at ASC Gallery (London), You Are Here, Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery, The Lore of the Land, Churchgate Gallery (Somerset), Frivolous Convulsions, Turf Projects (London), I Am A Beautiful Monster, Arthouse1 Gallery (London), The Painting Game, K Projects (Berlin), de Kooning, de Kooning, de Kooning, David Risley Gallery (Copenhagen).
Mitter was a joint winner of the Hackney Wicked Art Prize in 2015. She has been shortlisted for: The Mother Art Prize 2018, The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2017, The Red Mansion Foundation Art Prize 2011 and GAM - Gilbert de Botton Art Prize 2010 and longlisted for: 100 Painters of Tomorrow (Beers Gallery) 2013. Unit G Gallery, London and Procreate Project, London
About the postcard artworks
Leda and the Swan is a story and subject in art from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces or rapes Leda. In this triptych, I wanted to convey a sense of Leda being both overwhelmed and enveloped by the swan (Zeus), but also for her not to seem completely powerless. The images are layered and complex. There is an ambiguity about the eroticism and about who is doing what. Where do the swan and Leda begin and end? Is this an entirely unpleasurable and violent experience or not? I mean unpleasure in the psychoanalytic sense of inner pain, discomfort, or anxiety, which results from the blocking of an instinctual impulse by the ego. Is Leda completely overcome, or is she an active participant in what is happening?