EMMA WOFFENDEN: Elephant Revenge

Emma Woffenden explores dark narratives in her newest body of sculpture ‘Elephant Revenge’.

Working in cast glass, bronze, plaster and clay, Woffenden creates ambiguous sculptures that refer to the human body. She embraces the contradiction of violence and beauty, translating ‘terrible images into beautiful forms’, and recognises a duality that we often choose to ignore. The psychology of violence, gender and death are infused into her work, which she investigates through the materiality of her various chosen media.

A dynamic pair of bronze figures threaten to explode with a barely restrained violence, carrying the tensions of raw and primal human emotion, in which the ‘male’ figure is the more vulnerable, holding arms up in surrender to the sinister, striding ‘female’, who appears to hold a club in her hand. A pair of Jesmonite legs, topped with the blown form often seen in Woffenden’s work, kneel in pools of white, enamel-like glass, in a static and still pose that is none the less wrought with tightness and apprehension. A standing figure, loosely modelled in clay, swings its bell-like hands, and a dismembered shark-like form bears the horrific absence of holes where fins should be.

In this exhibition Woffenden is inspired by shocking, disturbing or unusual stories that have resonated and remain within her memory. She captures an uncertainty in her work, provoking a great deal of thought, and leaving it’s meaning open to analysis. Woffenden welcomes this difference in opinion, and in dealing with the darker side of human nature her work continues to cause controversy.

Duration 22 March 2012 - 28 April 2012
Times Tuesday to Friday 11.00 - 18.00 saturday 11.00 - 16.00 or by appointment.
Cost Free
Venue Marsden Woo Gallery
Address 17 - 18 great sutton street London EC1V 0DN, ,
Contact 020 7336 6396 / info@marsdenwoo.com / www.marsdenwoo.com/

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