PIPPA EASON & TONI KITTI

PIPPA EASON & TONI KITTI

PIPPA EASON & TONI KITTI

PIPPA EASON & TONI KITTI

PIPPA EASON & TONI KITTI

EAT ME!

EAT ME!

EAT ME!

EAT ME!

EAT ME!

22 JUNE  - 22 JULY 2020 

22 JUNE  - 22 JULY 2020 

 

 

 

 

“Eat Me!" is a digital exhibition of sculptures by Finnish artists Toni Kitti and Manchester-based Pippa Eason, shown together for the first time. Click here to view!

Bright and colourful, Kitti’s objects look industrially designed, whereas Eason’s are as casual as if a child had stacked-up leftover food items on a dinner plate. Both, however, populate households at the turn of the millennium. Consumption brings the two closer, but Kitti’s work is heavy with the sinister connotations of plastic whilst Eason’s is light with the innocence of candy — of puffy pinks and jelly twists. “Eat me!” they all shout, and it comes as a surprise how we want to bite into a lamp as much as, say, a marshmallow. 

Pippa Eason’s (b. 1993) is a contemporary artist, based in Manchester. Her work makes observations of performative online gestures through sculpture, digital drawings, GIFs, and collages. Her practice co-opts the crispness of advertising but with a hand-crafted touch, used to hint at status anxiety, smartphone addiction, and meme culture. Her sculpture is ambiguous, though aims to pick up on - and visually start to un-pick - trends in art, fashion and pop culture.

Toni Kitti (b.1975) is an artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Having studied a Master of Arts in Photography at Aalto University, he now also works with video and installations. His practice is based on a love for plastic, and deals with questions of life, death, joy, shame and survival. In 2012 he got diagnosed with AIDS, and this has been an important theme in his work. His first solo show, “The Persistence of Plastic”, took place in 2017 in Helsinki. He has participated in group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, as well as receiving a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation for his work.

Ze Aya’s painterly and sculptural language is often one marked by precision and control, where white glistening spaces are filled with fine lines, layered with a good dosage of seduction. This careful crafting is somewhat reminiscent of those close-ups in car adverts, when a camera slowly pans over the shiny metallic body. Ultimately, a car is just another armour for us to wear. We step into that extra layer of skin to roll through the day, as the passing outside world tends to  associate the type of vehicle with corresponding personality traits. Language especially likes to link these to tropes of masculinity; there goes the muscle car, the van man, the boy racer. 

Then there are these moments of slippage or spills. Reclaiming the space of performed virility, the hard exterior opens up to reveal moments of softness and vulnerability. Perhaps even little outbursts of chaos or momentary loss of control? The recurrence of cigarettes, smoked down to various half way stages would certainly suggest this. Bodily gestures of big swipes and firm presses disrupt the otherwise clinical surfaces, revealing a choreography. Highly tactile materials like wax, silicone and leather further allude to a soft being of flesh no longer present. Like the metallic car body, these visceral materials are otherwise found in, on or around beings as a form of protection from the outside world.

This then is a marriage between hard and soft, where texture and movement give birth to an amalgamated form that thrives on contrasts. Is it a happy marriage? Ze Aya’s work forefronts disconnection and dissociation in our mental, physical and digital space. Sometimes moving fluidly between these realms and at times hitting barriers, her work is also an exploration of the self, echoing and living through changes in our current social climate. Finding a balance between aggression and delicacy, she hints towards the potential for symbolic and significant change. Is it time to go far far away, or remain, but seek distance from the you that is rejecting transformation?

Ze Aya (b. 1993) is an artist living and working in Deptford, South East London. Aya studied Fine Art Sculpture at Central Saint Martins, graduating in 2015. Her works map seduction, fragility, and ultimately love and loss, as these relationships are played out and manipulated in on and offline social spheres.

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