Sofya Shpurova, 'Low Human Activity' at the Holden Gallery
01.11.19 - 13.12.19
For ‘Low Human Activity’, Russian artist Sof’ya Shpurova will present a new series of paintings and ceramic sculptures, which derive from an accumulation of influences that span her native country’s connection with historical icon painting and mysticism, as well as other overtly personal references that often depict the artist as a central figure in her work. Shpurova has an appreciation for contemporary paintings’ often complex discourse, its material properties, as well as ceramics’ alchemical transformational qualities. She acknowledges time and issues of multiple temporalities in painting as an integral element to her thinking and methodology; her practice demonstrates a commitment to working at a slow pace, sometimes reworking old paintings through pentimento in many layers. This is Shpurova’s first solo exhibition anywhere in the world.
This exhibition was co-curated with Professor Andrew Hunt