Zoe Williams


About the edition

Zoe Williams uses opulent materials – mother-of-pearl, silks, gold – to explore the seductive representation of luxury in contemporary culture. Graham Domke, Curator

Zoe Williams’ practice is concerned with creating immersive environments which, through a veneer of seduction, seek to access the cerebral through sensual experience. Through her work she creates objects and spaces that ‘perform’, in turn implicating the viewer in their sensorial dialogue. In her own words:

…an irreverent interchange between polarities such as eroticism, craft and embellishment, notions of excess and hedonism and the histories of artefacts and their materialities… to open up conversations around the pressures of power, the politics of sex and the economics of production. To explore and develop a relationship between bodies, histories, objects and artefacts… a subtly transgressive dialogue, which sets out to confuse the erotic and the abject, the synthetic and the natural. Zoe Williams

This limited edition engraving is derived from the artist’s original drawing of a gold and jewelled fur clasp in the shape of a pine-marten’s head (Venetian, 16th Century). Williams worked with DCA Print Studio to make several pieces during the Spring/Summer 2015 exhibition including a lenticular print and an etching. During this time she developed ideas for this edition featuring her original drawings.

Year 2015
Edition of 18
Media Laser engraving on Ebony
Dimensions 9 x 7 x 0.5cm
Signature Signed and numbered by artist on verso

About Zoe Williams

Zoe Williams lives and works in London. She graduated from the MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in 2012.  Recent solo exhibitions include Pel, Galerie Antoine Levi; You Consume Me, Kunstforeningen GL STRAND, Copenhagen; Soft Paste, The Studio Warehouse Gallery, Glasgow; The Flight of O, Spike Island, Bristol. Group exhibitions include Spring/Summer 2015, DCA, Dundee; The Chic and The Borderline, curated by David Roberts Art Foundation, part of Art International Istanbul; Watch Yourself, curated by David Dale Gallery with Video Art Network Lagos and 'Chateaux Double Wide', collaborative project, Glasgow International Festival 2016.

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