Juliette Blightman

14 December 2020, 8:59 am

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Year 2021
Medium Pencil and gouache on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm
Top pick Martin Clark, Director, Camden Arts Centre

About the work

A robin in your house means you need to rethink your relationship. It may be that most problems in your relationship may be solved with love and kindness, but if you believe something is not right, then it may be so and it is time to leave that relationship. Never try to keep a robin inside your home, especially if it wants to leave. A red robin tapping at a window can be looked upon as a sign of death in the family (https://www.worldbirds.org/robin-symbolism/).

About the artist:

Born Farnham 1980, Juliette Blightman lives and works in Berlin. Graduated from MA Fine Art at UAL Byam Shaw at Central St Martins (2007); and BA Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art (2004).

Since 2005 Blightman has been making portraits, whether they are of someone’s toilet, someone’s face or of her own daughter. Blightman’s methods of research draw on her experience as an artist and emerge as a response to the lived experience, whilst investigating the boundaries of physical and mental space, creative production, and gender. She is particularly fascinated by the inside/outside and the ambiguity between what is a private experience and what is made public.

Selected exhibitions include The Koln Concert, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2020); Prologue, Arcadia Missa, London (2020); Wagnis der Öffentlichkeit, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg (2020); A Carpet For Your Somersaults, Fons Welters Galerie, Amsterdam (2020); Maskulinitäten, Bonner Kunstverein, Kölnischer Kunstverein and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2019); Familienbande, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2019); Femme Maison, FELIX GAUDLITZ, Vienna (2019); This One’s For You, Maureen Paley hosting FELIX GAUDLITZ, London (2019); RELATIONS, O Townhouse, Los Angeles (2018/19); going to go out now, Western Front, Vancouver (2018); Nightshift, Fine Art Sydney (2017/18); Loved an Image, Fons Welters Galerie, Amsterdam (2020); Extimacy, Kunsthalle Bern, Berne (2016); holding one’s own in an unfinished system, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2015); Eden Eden Eden, Karma International, Los Angeles (2015); Come inside, bitte, Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin (2015); and Gerry Bibby/Juliette Blightman, KUB Kunsthalle Bregenz (2014).

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