Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
16th January – 20th February 2022
Public Preview: 6 pm – 8 pm, Thursday 13th January 2022
Slow-Saturday Preview: Saturday 15 January 2022
Mantle is the first major solo exhibition of work by EOP Member Jocelyn McGregor. McGregor’s work involves sculpture, installation, and animation. Taking inspiration from folklore, surrealism, and supernatural fiction, she investigates the ways in which female identity is associated with nature, the home, and the machine.
New works for this exhibition include wearable sculptures, combing synthetic hair, natural latex, and false nails which mimic nature with the machine and handmade elements. As appendages, they extend the human body into creaturely realms, like prostheses for limbs we didn’t realise we were missing. They form a monstrous body which incorporates both the wretched of nature and artificial materials. This contact with what we may find disgusting and disturbing is a regular feature of horror films, a rich source of inspiration for McGregor and a genre with continued if not increasing mainstream appeal, perhaps not in spite of the pandemic but because of it.
Jocelyn Mcgregor: Mantle, was selected from proposals submitted by Castlefield Gallery Associates by guest selector Mariama Attah curator at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and Castlefield Gallery Curator Matthew Pendergast.
More information about the artist’s practice and exhibition can be found here.
Jocelyn McGregor (b. 1989, Lincolnshire) currently lives and works in Cumbria. She studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford University (2010); and completed her MFA in Sculpture at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL (2017). She was awarded the Lee Alexander McQueen: Sarabande Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2017), selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018, exhibiting in Liverpool Biennale and South London Gallery; and was Artist-in-Residence as part of the British Council SWAP UK/Ukraine Residency Programme 2019-20. Recent exhibitions include ‘Trespassers Will Be Detected’, Dnipro Centre for Contemporary Culture, Ukraine (2020); ‘Rain Wetting Thirst’, Lewisham Arthouse, London (2019); ‘A Field Guide to Getting Lost’, The Art Foundation, Athens, Greece (2018); and ‘Mei Yahn Yu’, Kaitak Centre (AVA), Hong Kong (2018).