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HAUNCHES

MAUD WHATLEY

Viewing Room

6 - 27 January 2024

Mafalda Figueiredo - The Veil That Veils The Moon: Image

ABOUT

Liminal Gallery is thrilled to announce its upcoming exhibition, ‘Haunches’, the first solo show of Margate-based artist Maud Whatley. The exhibition showcases Whatley's drawings which layer images sourced from art-historical paintings, online archives, personal photographs, and Google image results. Her work explores the politics of observation, the eroticism born from juxtaposing disparate ideas, and the alluring, unconventional nature of repetitive drawing techniques.

Scroll down to view the artworks included in the exhibition alongside installation images. 

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Mafalda Figueiredo - The Veil That Veils The Moon: About

Installation Views, Liminal Gallery, January 2024

Mafalda Figueiredo - The Veil That Veils The Moon: News

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PRESS RELEASE

Liminal Gallery is thrilled to announce its upcoming exhibition, ‘Haunches’, the first solo show of Margate-based artist Maud Whatley. The exhibition showcases Whatley's drawings which layer images sourced from art-historical paintings, online archives, personal photographs, and Google image results. Her work explores the politics of observation, the eroticism born from juxtaposing disparate ideas, and the alluring, unconventional nature of repetitive drawing techniques.

 

In ‘Haunches’ Whatley looks at the intricate relationship between human perception and the dissection of animal bodies, drawing inspiration from historical events such as the untimely demise of champion racehorse Phar Lap in 1932. The pictures explore symbolic and literal acts of dissecting, separating, and categorising; paralleling the way that Phar Lap's body parts were archived across various museums. Through evocative storytelling, Whatley connects these narratives to the way we compartmentalise and box up the aspects of ourselves and our experiences which we consider too gross, too animalistic, or too much.

 

Experimenting with diverse references, including the Sumerian poem ‘Gilgamesh and the Bull of Heaven’ and the insights of philosopher Slavoj Žižek, Whatley presents ideas about the interplay between our curated public personas and the leaking truths that linger beneath the surface. Weaving themes of erotic potential, mythic allure and the interconnectedness of all things through her drawings, her works present a gentle case for revelling in the complex strangeness of the human experience.

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