1st June 2021

The Trials and Tribulations of Wet Horse Hair

Dawn Mellor

For Dawn Mellor’s first exhibition in Scotland, the artist is showing new paintings as part of a long-term project focusing on invented groups of people, predominantly women, in uniform. The project began in 2013 with fictional art collective ‘The Austerians’ and has also included ‘The Doomsbury Group’ and ‘Sirens’.

Mellor’s new series depicts actors such as Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Daniela Nardini and Julie Walters alongside Mellor’s self-portrait on stage in the mid-1990s. In the portraits, drawn mostly from television dramas, these recognisable subjects are cast as members of a judicial system, but depicted in various states of pleasure. Mellor has also added images of real and imagined sea life, in reference to the phrase, ‘bottom feeders’, meaning not only ocean-floor scavengers but also people who benefit from the misfortune of others.

Curated by Young Team
Supported by Glasgow International

With kind assistance from Create London and Studio Voltaire