|Medium||Graphite on paper|
|Dimensions||21 x 29.7 cm|
About the work
Drawing no.30, from the Crafted Division series, reflects thoughts on the characteristic industrial origins of Manchester where I worked and lived for nearly a decade. The materials, carbon (graphite) and cotton (drawing surface), have been among the materials processed at industrial units since the beginnings of the industrial era (era of automation), while the motifs resemble the textile structures. This particular drawing series enabled me to handle natural materials, such as carbon and cotton, and observe their fine and particular relations to cultural concepts such as the repetition of manual labour and gendered labour.
About the artist:
Born 1981 Patra, Evangelia Spiliopoulou lives and works in Athens. Graduated from BA Painting at Athens School of Fine Arts (2007); MA Fine Art at the Metropolitan University of Manchester (2009); and PhD Candidate at Athens School of Fine Arts (ongoing).
Spiliopoulou’s work relates to the various forms of automatism. From mental to physical, from handcrafted to mechanical, from emotional and psychological, automatism and repetition shape visible and invisible repetitive motives identified with our existence. Of particular significance are terms like ‘re-production’, ‘mater’ (mitir- matera- mutter- mother) and ‘labor’. Those terms evoke at the same time genesis and the existential connection to the female subject, while in contemporary culture they intersect to the language of consumerism and globalization eliciting a paradox very central to the contemporary world.
Selected solo exhibitions include Orientation: Landscape, Touchstones, Rochdale (2017); On Physical Work, Bureau, Manchester (2014); and Of Time And, Bury Art Museum (2013). Selected group exhibitions include The Right to Silence, Undercurrent, New York (2021); Curved Arrows, Kunstraum Am Schauplatz, Vienna (2019); Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester and DOX, Prague (2018); 30 Years of the Future, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2014); Afresh, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2013); and Industry & Idleness, Contemporary Art Society, London (2010).
Awards and residencies include Lokaal01 (Artist in Residence), Antwerp (2016); Drawing Room Biannual Bursary (Nomination), London (2015); Florence Trust Residencies (Selection), London (2015); Celeste Art Prize (Distinction), Rome (2013); Drawing Room Biannual Bursary (Nomination), London (2011); and Bloomberg New Contemporaries (Short-list), London (2010).