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Something Borrowed

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 by Lisa Snook

The show had some lovely reviews, here’s one of them by Tom, The Gentleman Who Lunches. Thanks Tom:)



The personal is powerfully present in the works curated for this show featuring 11 female artists working with found objects (each work a form of rescue), memory and identity the currency pulsing through the material. Particularly intrinsic to the ethos of borrowing is the idea that most likely something will be given back in kind-it is not an act of solely taking. Intention is generous, open and appreciative. Whether using objects from their personal archives or appropriating from available sources (thrift shops, the internet, nature), the artists create resonant and haunting inquiries into the spaces linking the individual to the mythic. Ruth Franklin’s The Salon and Memories of Manya seek to reclaim the very souls of her family members through the use of items both domestic and industrial that figuratively suggest their essence, enshrining them for history (facets of detail place the pieces in a distinctive era); 
Mindy Lee’s Repeat Prescriptions Series is an array of personal prescription forms generated by her doctor aligned in a vitrine onto which she has intricately scrawled (in biro!) beautifully wrought drawings that recall both the works of Great Masters and graphic medical textbook examples of anatomy-some of the paper has started to curl with age and decay, meditating on queasy issues around the body, health and mortality; Hannah Honeywill’s Scar, with a suture of delicate red thread, salvages a slab of mighty, stately elm (already a chronicle of history with its rings) from a savage and potentially devastating break; Lisa Snook’s Time is but a memory and Desire is where it Dreams (a weathered oval mirror with long, withered strands of hair hanging dejectedly from the frame) and I Dream of Flying, the title of which is elaborately and painstakingly embroidered onto a cotton pillow with threaded hair, a hush of feathers gathered on the floor from a broken seam, speak of anxiety and disquiet (triggered by age and decline) around the nexus of appearance and sleep (with its twin energies of both rejuvenation and death); Kate Murdoch’s All That Is Left is a requiem for her grandmother, an old cosmetics cabinet found long discarded with a few contents still inside-a bar of soap, a few powder puffs-that stands in poignant memoriam to her relative, once a vessel of vital use full of agents of enhancement and balm now moribund and frail; Susan Francis’s Vicarious Beth constructs, from numerous thumbnail images taken from a profile page off the internet, a roadmap of a life across one wall of the gallery-the route is non-linear, branching off on detours and tributaries, much like life itself, coaxing out the monumentality of a single life from the confines of digital space. There are a few works which balance the serious with felicity, most memorably Murdoch’s The Borrower’s Revolt, which finds a formation of corseted brass figurine “belles” marching from the recesses of one of the room’s fireplaces and Sarah Gillham’s Castoffs, a group of porcelain dolls that morph into twisted elongated bases (or in some cases stunted bases), alienlike, of which H.R. Giger would deeply approve-they manage to be playful and unnerving simultaneously. Murdoch’s Borrow A Cup of Sugar takes the aesthetic to its interactive extreme, encouraging viewers to depart with a vintage china cup full of sugar cubes and return later to the gallery (please, before the close of the show!) with an item of value to exchange. All of the objects on display are charged with meanings and history long in play before their appearance at the space, the artists honouring and ennobling them as fragile repositories of emotional, physical and psychological experience, refashioning them into items that can tell new stories and carry fresh incarnations and inflections. On 30 September, the gallery is hosting a conversation with the collective artists from 4-6PM.


Something Borrowed

Posted on: August 30th, 2017 by Lisa Snook

I have four pieces in this all female group show, co-curated by Rebecca Fairman and Jane Boyer.

Boyer writes in an extract from the catalogue,

‘What would you get if you crossed Méret Oppenheim’s Object 1 with Lynda Benglis’ Artforum ad from 1974, you know, the one with the big . . . sunglasses? Lisa Snook provides the answer with, you guessed it, a fur covered dildo. Just one of the surprises in Something Borrowed; an exhibition full of poignant objects and images.’


THURSDAY 7 SEPTEMBER Drinks Reception 6.30pm – 8.30pm


SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER Afternoon Tea 4pm – 6pm

Gallery Opening Hours Thursday – Sunday 3 – 7pm


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Gallery open Thursday – Sunday between 3pm – 7pm or by appointment Nearest tubes: Borough, London Bridge or Bermondsey Contact: Rebecca Fairman E: M: 077131 89249



Open Studios 4-5 October 2013

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013 by Lisa Snook


As part of the South London DeptfordX festival ASC artists will host open studios on Friday 4th October 6-8.30pm and Saturday 5th October 1-5pm.

ASC Studios, Goodwood Road, New Cross, SE14 6BL.

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TIAF – The Independent Artist Fair 16-20 October 2013

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by Lisa Snook


Established by artists, TIAF is the first of an annual addition to the art fair calender.  Aiming to provide a platform that puts artists, rather than the market at the forefront.

The exhibition encompasses works that move through and around the graphic, the absurd, visual feats of historical and societal references that refuse to be pinned down to one discipline, revealing works of enquiry, beauty and conceptual depth.

The fair will be held at The Mile End Art Pavilion, London, E3 4QY.  Opening and drinks reception 16th October, 6.30-9pm and daily until Sunday 20th October 3013

Lead curator – Wendy MacMillan.  For more info please visit these websites -     and

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This ‘Me’ Of Mine

Posted on: August 1st, 2013 by Isabel Albiol

21st September 2013 – 5th January 2014
Art School Gallery, Ipswich, IP1 3NE
I’ll be showing Echo and my fairy tale, Love (this is not a novel)                                                                                                                           The exhibition has been generously supported by Arts Council England and beautifully curated by Jane Boyer.

For more details, gallery opening times, talks and symposiums please see the website.

ZAP Summer Show

Posted on: August 1st, 2013 by Isabel Albiol

Thursday 18th July 2013
ZAP,  Bond House Project Space, ASC Studios,
Goodwood road, London SE14 6BL

The lovely ladies from ZAP have organised a group show for their members. It’s going to be a really great and very affordable show, in the spirit of ZAP inclusiveness all artworks will be priced £150 or below. The show will open on the Thursday evening 6-8.30 and then continue on the 19 – 20 between 1-4 pm.

STUDIO DIARY // Friday, 31 May 2013

Posted on: May 31st, 2013 by Isabel Albiol

From Me To You, 2013

Having looked and moved and shuffled these ominous black heads around my studio for more than 6 months, I’ve finally found them a home!


Posted on: April 24th, 2013 by Isabel Albiol

I Will Take Care Of You (detail), 2013
24th April – 11th May 2013
Zeitgeist Arts Projects, Bond House Gallery ASC, Goodwood Road, London SE14 6BL

Opening 24th April 6-9pm
26th April SLAM Last Fridays 6-8.30
11th May Artists in dialogue 4-5pm

 I’m really pleased to be a part of this group show opening Wednesday 24th April, some awesome artists involved! Please come along if you can.  The two works I’ll have in the show will be a small sculpture titled,  I Will Take Care Of You and a photographic print titled Baby Blue Eyes

STUDIO DIARY // 5th April 2013

Posted on: April 5th, 2013 by Isabel Albiol

Blimey it’s freezing.  Very glad my studio is warm and dry, thank you ASC.

I’ve been working in blissful solitude the past couple of months, just happy to be in my studio space and lost in making. Since working on Constellation (the series of small cast figurines set against a black circle) I’ve been continuing this line of thought and enquiry.  Collecting dolls, photographing and casting them, or bits of them.  I’ve found a brilliant antiques market which has become a treasure trove for me, it’s full of intriguing objects, dolls, bric-a-brac and so on.  These found objects and dolls are imbued with time and memory, it sets the imagination on fire.  I take them back to my studio and begin the process of their re-imagining, their re-interpretation.  I start of by photographing them, in the corners on the floor, bound inside an old box of some kind.  It’s an obsessive process, which feels slightly seedy if I’m honest! I then start to dismantle them, stripping them of their clothes, hair and eyelashes.

I then start to think about materials.  With Anemone her face was so fine and delicate I wanted a substance that was translucent and delicate to match her features.  I chose a pink dental wax!  I’ve used this before, many years ago and I love its sickly sweet colour, you’re not quite sure if it’s nice or nasty.  As with Metamorphosis the urge is to join them at the nape of their necks.  This duality somehow traps them into a kind of submission to each other with no means of escape.  The grey hair references the body both in its living flesh form and in its keepsake ability to remain intact after death, leaving them to oscillate between the real and the uncanny.

Fans of Feminism

Posted on: February 16th, 2013 by Isabel Albiol


16th – 23rd February 2013
The Bank, Central House, London.

Private view: 15th between 6-8 p.m.

Fans of Feminism is a survey of contemporary feminist art.

“The show explores the notion of ‘temporal drag’, which forges an active dialogue between contemporary feminist discourse, and the strong tradition of feminist art history and criticism.

This approach establishes feminism not so much as a history, but as an on-going set of ideals – demonstrating the relevant, practical and positive impact the feminist art continuum has had, and continues to have, on the lives of women and men.”