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Zoe Williams

Residency Artist 2015


Residency dates: 16 February - 27 March 2015

Event: Wednesday 25 March 2015 - 7pm

Zoe Williams’ practice is primarily concerned with the creation of immersive environments and objects, which, holding a veneer of seduction, seek to access the cerebral through sensual experience. Zoe used her residency time to further explore an irreverent dialogue between craft, eroticism, notions of excess and hedonism and the histories of artefacts and their materialities. Zoe explored London’s diverse sex club scene in search of a more post-feminist erotica, and also accessed the city’s supportive artist network which opened up new possibilities for future collaborations. 

For her final event Zoe created an immersive environemt using lighting gels, candles, incense, silky cushions and fake fur. She invited visitors to engage physically with some of the objects and personal care products that were displayed on a low glass table including body butters, oils and scent. Zoe presented a screening of a film, followed by an ‘in conversation’ with historian and writer Dr Katherine Angel. She also created a ‘posset’ specifically for the event - a medieval aromatic curdled milk drink which was served thoughout the evening. The film work made during the residency was then shown in a three person exhibition titled Parlez at Dundee Contemporary Art.

Studio visitors included Milovan Farronato (Fiorucci Arts Trust), Dr Katherine Angel (Historian/Writer), Dr Betti Marenko (Central Saint Martins), Eddie Peake (Artist), Francesca Gavin (Curator/Writer)

Informal studio/offsite visits included INTERIOR and the collectors (Lyon), Ceila Hempton (Artist), Chris Rawcliffe (Project Number), Graham Domke (Dundee Contemporary Art), Kiera Blakey (Legion TV),
Arcadia Missa.

Zoe Williams is based in Glasgow and studied an MFA in Fine Art at The Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2012. She has had solo exhibitions at a number of galleries and project spaces including Spike Island, Bristol; Outpost and The Contemporary Arts Society, Norwich Castle; Trove Projects, Birmingham, and international solo exhibitions at Galerie Antoine Levi (Paris) and Kunstforeningen GL STRAND (Copenhagen). She was recently awarded the Extract II Young International Art Prize, Copenhagen and in 2010 she won The Rootstein Hopkins Artist’s Award, Spike Island, Bristol.