C. Lucy R. Whitehead (b. 1991) is a painter and recent MFA graduate from the Royal College of Art. Whitehead’s work explores the fragile relationship between the physical and material self. With the blushing, stretching and swelling of flesh and skin, the artist constructs fragmented body-landscapes that oscillate between figuration and abstraction. The paintings are devoid of any discernible identity or gender, distilling the human form into its wild essence. Like catching one’s warped reflection in bath taps, Whitehead’s fluid anthropomorphic structures straddle the line between the sensual and the grotesque, the familiar and the absurd, teetering on the edge of plausibility.
co-curated by Angelica Jopling and Clara Galperin