On YNF Entertainment Magazine, “the best entertainment magazine in the UK“, Unit London Highlights Female hosts twelve contemporary female artists working with textiles and ceramics in a group exhibition, Within+ Without, based on research for curator Ferren Gipson’s book, Women’s Work.
Within + Without
Within + Without, a group exhibition featuring 12 contemporary women artists working with textiles and ceramics, opens on March 7. The exhibition, curated by art historian and artist Ferren Gipson, looks at how one’s “personal landscapes” are formed by the materiality and labor of tactile mediums. The artists in this show look into how our inner world, which includes our thoughts, bodies, and sense of self, interacts with our outer world, which includes relationships, social structures, politics, and nature, to influence how we move through our shared surroundings.
Vanessa Barrago, Bea Bonafini, Daisy Collingridge, Phoebe Collings-James, Ferren Gipson, Claire Lindner, Armina Howada Mussa, Bisila Noha, Anya Paintsil, Paloma Proudfoot, Janice Redman, and Sarah Zapata are among the artists whose works are included in the exhibit.
Vanessa Barrago and Claire Lindner’s works use natural imagery, while Daisy Collingridge and Janice Redman use interior materials and references. Phoebe Collings-James and Bisila Noha’s works ponder character and the way things are educated by our more extensive conditions. Ferren Gipson, Anya Paintsil, and Sarah Zapata discuss cultural influences by making connections between family, heritage, and materials. Bea Bonafini, Armina Howada Mussa, and Paloma Proudfoot look inside themselves to learn more about grief, memory, and the stories we tell ourselves.
Within + Without is framed in the light of Gipson’s research for her book Women’s Work, which focuses on contemporary and modern women artists working in the ceramics and textiles fields.
The study examines how artists are rewriting the narrative by navigating multiple layers of social and cultural context, challenging the conventional notion that decorative arts are “women’s work.” The artists in this show question patriarchal notions of what constitutes “high” or “fine” art and use textiles and ceramics as potent tools to harness historical understandings of gender and the feminine.
Ferren Gipson is a British-American textile artist, author, and art historian. Her research focuses on the intersections between art and popular culture, highlighting the work of marginalized artists, and researching political themes in modern Chinese art. She is a strong advocate for expanding the audience for art historical content. She investigates labor, matrilineal ties, materiality, and color in her textile art practice.
The New Bend at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset (2023) and Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles (2022) were group exhibitions that included Gipson’s work. Francine Kelly Gallery, Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, presents “Celebrating Black Female Creativity.” She has also given talks and hosted interviews for businesses and organizations like the Tate, Esquire, The National Gallery, and Design Museum.
Her work has been discussed in Financial Times, WeTransfer’s online magazine WePresent, and the visual arts podcast Art Matters, as well as in the Phaidon monograph The Ultimate Art Museum and Frances Lincoln’s Women’s Work. She is currently working on her dissertation at SOAS, a university in London.
Unit London Highlights Female
Unit London Highlights Female is a global artistic platform for international artists that was established in September 2013. Unit London is still firmly committed to its driving principles of equity, innovation, and accessibility, and it has launched and developed the careers of numerous contemporary artists.
The gallery’s commitment to being an open and transparent organization at the forefront of an expanding and diversifying art industry is forthright. Unit London has become synonymous with a pioneering use of social media and digital content, bridging the gap between the physical and virtual spheres of modern experience and connecting people with the art they love because of its boldly independent approach to the gallery model.
The gallery has resisted conformity and embraced change from the beginning. We seek to identify and cultivate artists on a meritocratic basis in an overly opaque and unequal art market. Consequently, our program is diverse, nonlinear, and possibly even unconventional. We want Unit London to be more than just a gallery; it should also be an artistic platform that gives power to the best creative thinkers of our time. We feel a strong sense of obligation to tell their stories to an ever-increasing number of people all over the world and to highlight their impact on people, cultures, and societies all over the world. We are passionate about bringing the work of important contemporary artists, whose work provokes, challenges, and inspires, to the public’s attention, and we are proud to have launched and advanced their careers.
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Within + Without
Curated by Ferren Gipson
7 March–6 April 2023
Unit London, Mayfair
3 Hanover Square