LindsEy Mendick

London-based clay artist often associated with decor and household chores
Mendick's autobiographical works offer a form of catharsis
But her work promotes an unshakable, ridiculous and sometimes grotesque femininity

About
Lindsey Mendick

she won the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Prize
2018
2019
she received her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art
2017
she was selected to participate in the Jerwood Survey

The Yellow Wallpaper

woman in yellow from the exhibition
Eastside Projects, Birmingham
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This piece of art has two stories behind it
First is the 1892 short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
А young mother with postnatal depression is haunted by the garish yellow wallpaper that appears to mutate from the walls of the room she is convalescing in
At night, the wallpaper feeds into her psyche, it’s fiendish pattern torturing and deceiving her, whilst her seclusion slowly drives her into hysterical madness
The gothic short story is a feminist exploration in attitudes towards female mental health and inherent horror of the domestic
horror of the domestic
At 18 years old Mendick had
a nervous breakdown taking
to her bed in her parent’s house
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Agoraphobic and totally insomniac, one night the artist looked out of her window and saw six men in black, pacing the cul-de-sac on walkie talkies
She was utterly terrified. The next day she told her mother, but because of her daughters mental state, she didn’t believe her
Days later the news broke that their neighbour had been the Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, and he had been poisoned

Hairy
on the Inside

Cooke Latham Gallery, London
An installation explores the often painful and shameful experience of having Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and its heart-breaking side effects
Through the guise of a fertility clinic for Werewolves trying to shed their lonesome curse, Mendick explores the suffering of living in an invaded body with a forced identity
As a result of PCOS, many people suffer from excessive hair growth (Hirsutism)
Ill women told
that the body was experienced as
disgrace
prison
freak
YOKE
The Werewolves of Mendick’s waiting room epitomise these themes. She explores the toll that her diagnosis aged seventeen had on her relationship with her body
the prospect of infertility
the heavy and irregular periods
the increased progesterone that encourages beard, moustache hair
daily struggle of women with this diagnosis is comparing with werewolf
Metamorphosis
the back breaking, body altering, painful transformation that we encounter so often in folklore and horror fiction

Can't Take
My Eyes Off You

Pinchuk Art Center, Kyiv
This installation is dedicated to the prospect of having children, as well as to the deliberate rejection of parenthood.
Feeling the pressure in conversations about motherhood from her own experience, the artist criticizes the attitude of society towards women who decide not to have children
The artist was inspired by the horror film The Brood by David Cronenberg
From the film “The Brood” by David Cronenberg
Mental health challenges are a key theme of the work
the first imitates an outdoor space with a playground, idyllic blue skies and artificial grass
The artist divides the hall into two parts
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the second room recreates an absolutely typical interior of a 1970s house
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Frozen in a variety of dangerous and terrifying scenes, sculptures of children demonstrate the hostility of the environment and the impossibility of constant supervision over them
when you have children, you can't take your eyes off them
Frozen in a variety of dangerous and terrifying scenes, sculptures of children demonstrate the hostility of the environment and the impossibility of constant supervision over them
when you have children, you can't take your eyes off them
BUT
YOU
ALWAYS
DO
DON'T YOU?
DON'T YOU?
DON'T YOU?
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