Annie Attridge - The Divine and the Mortal

Photograph Matthew Booth

The Divine and the Mortal

Porcelain tine glaze, gold leaf, glaze enamels, wood, 2012

Courtesy the artist

Annie Attridge uses the ornamental and seductive qualities of porcelain to explore the Baroque traditions of figurative decorative sculpture. Her works are infused with desire and longing, containing underlying waves of passion and romantic archetypes; all this seen through a prism of humour and comic symbolism. Exploiting the medium’s potential to be modelled, stretched and decorated, Attridge creates entangled, orgiastic and amorphous scenes that resonate playfully with sensual pleasures. The work itself becomes both an object and a sign of desire. Abstracting the female form, Attridge explores ideas of seduction, sensuality and beauty, mixing contemporary context and traditional materials with an air of mischievous fruitiness.

Annie Attridge

Since graduating from the Royal Academy Schools in 2002, Attridge’s practice has focused on exploring female sexuality through the use of different materials such as household materials, jesmonite and more recently porcelain. Attridge produces small scale, delicately crafted figurative scenes and objects that are expressionistic and often overtly sexual. The sculptures recall abstract figures and forms set in a mythological landscape, frozen in this seductive and lustrous material. The scenes depicted are classical in theme and recall 17th century crafted miniatures and notions of the ready-made.

Her work has received reviews from The New York Times, Channel 4 News, ArtReview, the Evening Standard, and L Magazine. Publications include Design Behind Desire by Lisa Morgan (2011) and Nature Morte, Thames & Hudson (2013).

Recent solo exhibitions include Should of Could of Would of, MOCA London (2016); Wanderlust, Aysa Geisberg Gallery, New York (2012-2013); Hearts of Oak, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York (2011). Group exhibitions include Nature Morte, Guildhall Museum, London (2017-2018); In Your Face, Salisbury Art Centre, UK (2017); Creekside Open, The Art in Perpetuity Trust, selected by Jordan Baseman & Alison Wilding, UK (2017). Body Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (2018); If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Roaming projects, Camden Arts Centre, London (2018); Artquest:PEER FORUM (2017-18).