Caro Halford presents Mothership, a group show in London
29 nov 2016 by art:i:curate team
Mothership is a group exhibition that presents works by artists that celebrate their shared connection of being mothers alongside their individual artistic practices in drawing, film, installation, painting, photography, print, sculpture, sound and textiles.
Co-curated by Caro Halford and Elizabeth Byrne, the exhibition celebrates the role of a mother artist, while recognising the huge commitment, courage, organisation and resilience often required.
Being a female artist, let alone a mother in the art world is notoriously unbalanced, with the upper echelons dominated by men and the gender pay gap between male versus female living artists being very apparent. Seemingly the role of a mother is a form of labour perhaps not valued highly enough or considered an important process that ultimately informs the work and the artist.
Caro Halford contorts the omnipresent fashion and lifestyle image, subverting it with irreverent cuts or appendages, adding mordant texts. Her practice places focus on a sense of flux and ambiguity as to whether the object is a textile, a print, or a sculpture which leaves us with feelings of doubtfulness and uncertainty of the work. She uses the medium of collage to instigate discussions around social and political concerns of women and their sexuality. However, there is a vein of masculine within this thread too. The collages become bolder and more experimental with colour throughout the space, allowing something unconsciously emotional to take place. In Caro's collages, she initially manipulates the original photograph and then adds to this, touching on aspects of performativity and the artist’s self-consciousness.
Caro Halford, You blush, I smirk, 2015, digital archival print, paper decoration, 100 x 200 cm.
Participating artists: Elizabeth Byrne, Suki Chan, Janet Currier, Hester Finch, Caro Halford, Annamaria Kardos, Helen Knowles, Nadine Mahoney, Susan Martin, Laura McCafferty, Karen Mc Lean, Julia Miranda, Julia Warr, and Sarah Longworth-West.
The exhibition opens December 1st and will run until December 16th, 2016.
Caro Halford, Someone's living room, 2015, digital archival print, screen printed text, 76.8 x 100.8 cm.
Caro Halford holds a MFA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths, (London, 2016), a MA in Art and Space, Kingston University, (London,2011) and a BA in Interior Design, Chelsea College of Arts, (London, 1997). Her work is acquired by collections in London, New York, and Italy. Caro has exhibited in group shows including 'BADASS FEMALES No. 3', Printer of Dreams, (London, 2016); GOLDSMITHS MFA Fine Art Degree Show, (London, 2016); ‘I Keep Losing Balance’, Maverick Expo, Bargehouse, (Oxo Tower Wharf, 2015); ‘I Keep Losing Balance’, Lit Crawl, (London, 2015); ‘If You Have Got That Feeling’, Di Carta / Papermade Biennial International Paper made Art Work Exhibition, London Print Studio, (London, 2013); UK Sluice Art Fair, UK Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries (London, 2013).
All images courtesy of the artist.