ZE AYA

ZE AYA

ZE AYA

ZE AYA

ZE AYA

FAR AWAY FROM YOU

FAR AWAY FROM YOU

FAR AWAY FROM YOU

FAR AWAY FROM YOU

FAR AWAY FROM YOU

 

 

 

 

14 DECEMBER 2019 – 18 JANUARY 2020

Opening on Friday 13 DECEMBER, 18.00 – 21.00

14 DECEMBER 2019 – 18 JANUARY 2020

Opening on Friday 13 DECEMBER, 18.00 – 21.00

14 DECEMBER 2019 – 18 JANUARY 2020

Opening on Friday 13 DECEMBER, 18.00 – 21.00

14 DECEMBER – 18 JANUARY 2020

Opening on Friday 13 DECEMBER, 18.00 – 21.00

14 DECEMBER 2019 – 18 JANUARY 2020

Opening on Friday 13 DECEMBER, 18.00 – 21.00

Ze Aya high res

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.

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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Open during exhibitions from 
Thursday - Saturday, 1pm - 6pm 
or by appointment.

Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

VISIT

Open during exhibitions from 
Thursday - Saturday, 1pm - 6pm or by appointment.

Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

VISIT

Open during exhibitions from Thursday - Saturday, 1pm - 6pm or by appointment.

Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

VISIT

Open during exhibitions from Thursday - Saturday, 1pm - 6pm or by appointment.

Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

VISIT

Open during exhibitions from Thursday - Saturday, 1pm - 6pm or by appointment.

Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP